Two years ago, I chose the 919 over the SV1000, Z1000, Speed Triple and Monster. The Monster was out after the local Triumph-Ducati dealer stopped selling Ducati because the factory just didn't support him. I passed on the Kaw 'cause I didn't go for the looks, too space age. The SV was out after Suz dropped the naked version for 2004. That left the 919 and Speed3. I really liked the Triumph, but the Honda had all the performance I can use, and was about $1,000 less. I don't think that there's a bad choice here, but ultimately I'm a Honda guy. If you want something other than a crotch rocket, cruiser or touring bike, the 919 is a great all around realworld motorcycle.