This bike rocks. I bought my 2000 in 2001 and got a discount off the MSRP becuse it had 35 miles on it from a training course. I ride it on the freeway to work about 2 times a week at least. 70 mph is no problem. It will do 85 (according to the speedo) but the front end feels kinda light). The tires are probably not the best for the freeway but it never does anything scary. I am planning to replace it with Metzeler Enduro 3 tires as soon as the stockers wear out(5000 miles so far). They look to be much better on road and will still work off road. Because of the suspension, this bike is great off road. I have a 29 inch inseam and I can put my feet down flat. Off road the seat height is great because I can always put a foot down if I need. I could go on all day talking about it. I work on my bike myself and I don't think there is an easier one to work on. It starts up everytime. In Texas, I am able to ride quite a few days in the winter. The battery has never gone flat on me. Which was suprising because everyone I talked to said it would if you didn't ride it for more than a month. It is great in traffic, I can jump out in front of traffic easily. I think 0-40 it is probably faster than a corvette. At least it feels like it! When I bought it, I thought I would be getting a 250 ninja for road riding back and forth to work. I now know it is not necessary. This bike is all I need. I think all the people riding big bikes are missing out on the fun of a smaller bike. I get 70 mpg riding to work on the freeway and the mileage just goes up the slower you travel. It is faster than all the commuter cars out there. If you lust for horsepower, you will probably get another bike eventually, but you will not want to part with the XT! don't take my word for it, take a ride.!!