Over the weekend I spent some more time on a KTM 525SMR. Pound for pound, I suspect that it is as easy to get bit by that bike as it would be on a 1000CC SS. I'm guessing that most people look at the supermoto and think that it looks like a lot of fun but that it is comparatively weak. In reality, it demands a buttload of respect. It may not have the nads of a SS on the top end, but it is a major handful at "daily driving" speeds. The bike will easily loft the front wheel in 3rd gear on the throttle without any pull on the bars. The brakes are stupid strong and make the brakes on the SV (mine are EBC HH's with stainless lines) feel barely adequate. The strangest thing is that if you get a hard drive on the SV out of a corner it just goes without drama. A similar level of acceleration coming out of a turn on the KTM will have you leaned over with the front wheel off the ground. On a 500cc thumper? Yup, but 99% of riders would look at it an think that it is a beginner bike and question why you are too scared to ride a literbike. Sounds a lot like the SV. Either way, my .02. I'd be interested in hearing what others think.