Originally Posted by LittleRedToyota
they are probably the most practical city motorcycles made.
With the slight exception that a city motorcycle needs a top box or under seat storage to carry a big F.O. lock to stop the toe rags half inching your beloved steed. I have a EXC 525 and I think it is one of the best city motorcycles about, handles the shite roads, you can jump speedbumps, mine has a tiny top box for chain. Lots of factory SM bikes are not what I would call a true SM though. To me a true SM is a converted off road race bike, DRZ doesn't really fall into that category, nor do the larger factory SMs like the 690s.
Problem with mine is that it doesn't like spending time stopped at lights. Have to kill the engine if stopped at lights in summer.