I bought the bike initially to save money on gas and parking. I work downtown and parking costs too much. It was also my gift to myself as I turned 30. I got a Honda Shadow 750 because the salesmen said a cruiser was best for taking my 8 year old daughter on. Everyone thought/still thinks I'm crazy for riding and taking my girl on it. I love the freedown, the control, the risk, everything... Three years later and still a single mom, I can't wait to take my new daughter (16 months now) on it when she's old enough. Its mostly a commuter bike, but occassionally when grandma can babysit, I get to take it out on the curves for some relaxing/exhilirating fun. My older one misses riding daily to school, so we try to take it whenever we do things just the two of us. Since she doesn't ride with me daily anymore, I'm thinking a sport bike might be fun. In addition of course, not to replace.