The Honda CBR600 really is the best all-rounder. I am now on my second and would not consider any other. Pillion comfort is essential, as my wife goes everywhere with me, and she remains cramp free while other wifes/girlfriends on other sports bikes are left in pain after long rides. The performance is more than adequate for normal road riding and the handling is superb. I've been riding bikes for nearly twenty years and I still reach my limit of performance long before my bike does. Also, as a bonus, it has the build quality that only Honda can offer.