Just sold my 750 shadow ace and am looking for a new bike. After long rides on the shadow my lower back would be sore, my thinking is that I need my legs under me to take the bumps in the roads. I went to the international motorcycle show and sat on many bikes. There was four bikes in the running, with number 1 being the new CB500X, I went back and sat on that bike 5 or 6 times, it just felt Great to me. Number 2 on my sit test was a NT700v, not from the show, but from the dealer, felt good, but not great like the CB500x, plus not to impressed with side loading side cases, I would like something that I could put top loading aluminum panniers on and can load down. Number 3 on my sit test was the 650 v strom, felt about as good as the NT700v, but the fairing seemed like it war three foot out ahead of the bike. And number 4 was the NC700x, it might fell different when once on the move, but sitting on it with my feet on the ground, the natural place to put my feet down while sitting on it was right were the pegs are, It just seemed akward with my feet down, either in front or behind the pegs, or with my legs spread wide apart. Any other standard bikes anyone can suggest to take a look at. At this point I am ready to put a down payment on a CB500x as soon as the dealer will take one since I would want to get one of the first ones to come in so I dont miss out.