That's right folks it's that time again where Tim tells you a story, so gather round and we shall all hear about the tale of the useless bike salesmen.............(disclaimer: uselessness is a roughly loose term to use for uneducated about the bikes he is selling.)... So I have discussed with a few people now about upgrading to a LAMS 650cc bike (then unrestricting it only when I have my full licence, *cough* bullshit*cough*), and after said discussions I decided on 2 very similar but very different bikes, this makes no sense but soon you will see what I am spagetting at... The contenders will be a 2006-2008 Suzuki SV650 aaaannnnndddd the 2013-2015 Hyosung gt 650 naked (pronounced yo-sung so I found out the H is silent)... Now i already know some people are face palming them selves asking " why a ******* hyo??!! they are Korean crap!" Well you see i look at hyo's like i look at all Korean made products, in the beginning people said they sucked, look at Samsung, LG, Hyundai. And now since some RnD has happened they have improved and that has been the same thing with Hyo's, 2013 was the year they really started to pick up their game quality wise... BUT back to my story... I decided to test ride these 2 bikes seeing how I have never ridden either one before... So I plodded along down to my local dealer to ask for a "professional" opinion on the 2 bikes my little torque loving heart but my wallet will break buying a Ducatti or a Triumph desired... I opened the line of question with a simple " what is the differences between this bike and a hyo?" to witch no one in the store had a answer..... I then asked "didnt hyo design the engine in the SV?" I was informed "they only made the old engines", I then asked if he meant the the 4 horse power suzuki got out of the engine buy changing the piston rings, fuel maping the throttle body or did they design a entirely new engine, which he couldnt answer.. he then asked me " aint hyo air cooled?" so I replied "Actually no, they are a liquid cooled, DOHC.... etc etc (insert hyo specs here)" I do believe he was shocked to see I had done my research on the SV and the Hyo..... I was then told " well I cant tell you how good this bike is, just ride it", So i signed on the dotted line and took one for a test ride funny enough it was a different salesmen that took over the attempted sale of the SV to me.... the ride was great, foot positioning spot on for me, clutch was great, gears shifted smoothly, breaks were a little spongy for my liking( but i have never ridden with ABS so i dont know if that is a factor) power was there but you can tell its restricted, but in 3rd gear you can feel the torque nicely (nothing like the baby blade where it only truly shines above 10k rpm)... But all in all a good bike. It was a longer ride then I though, lasted round about 15 mins.... apon arriving back at the store the young salesman who had been silent throughout the interactions before the ride asked me "so whatcha think?" to which I replied " great midsized bike, up right riding position is comfortable, feet positions is comfortable, digital cluster is great with all the info you need displayed right there for you, the 160 rear wheel felt secure and stuck to the road, its just a great midsized bike" after my rant of all the things i loved and hated about it i asked the price...... wow.... $9,999...... i looked at him and laughed..... the words "its a 2017 mate" came out of his mouth, so I apologized sincerely for laughing as I was not expecting to pay 10k for a 650cc bike because a second had triumph is the same price... So I asked "do you have a hyo so I can have a comparison?" of course he told me "no, we dont deal with Korean stuff here" so I told him until I ride a naked Hyo I wont be making any decisions on a bike yet.... On the next adventure I will take a hyo gt 650 naked out and see what all the habub is about.. Why did I tell you this story? well you see, if your biggest market is LAMS approved motorcycles and you have no idea about the motorcycles your selling and then bash any other motorcycles just because of their name but have no real facts to back up any claims you have made to sway me into buying the bike you are selling, be honest about it.... Dont try and lie to me about things just because I may possibly be a "woodduck" as they call them in the sales biz and possibly maybe just buy the first thing you suggest to me because you "know" bikes because you work at a store.... and then put a ridiculous price on a bike because it has "LAMS" written on the paperwork... OK that last bit was a rant, BUT but that is my honest opinions of salesmen... SIDE NOTE: my spelling, grammar, sentence and paragraph structure is terrible i know..