Ride to the limit on a SportClassic and you'll wish you bought a 1098 or an 848! I have a 16 year old 851 that just starts to come alive at 5-6000 rpm, right about the time my GT is thinking about running out of poop. The 851 on its lowly Strada Showas handles like its on rails but the GT wobbles at every rain groove in Southern California. BUT...I can cruise around LA, stylin' on the GT in comfort, and even hit the Crest Highway with a bit of confidence - as long as I don't expect race performance. I think that if you're looking for racetrack performance out of a SportClassic, you might want to look elsewhere. It IS a streetbike, after all...