I think so...
The engine on the newer bikes is supposed to be really quite good.
When they were releaed they were miles ahead of the other 250s in technology!
Don't know if that is still the case though...
The engines are built by japanese engineers, and the compnay used to build Suzuki engines years ago.
The company has yet been bought out, but I suppose some of it has followed through...
Being a V-twin it is has plenty of torque and sounds NICE.
The build quality seems pretty good.
The body work is all metal, so it doesn't feel tacky.
the bike is BIG. So no confusing it for a small bike.
Nice big tyres... 150 rear I think.
The bike seems fairly well thought. It has a really nice dash, and you can remove the rear pillion seat and access the storage space underneath etc.
Parts are becoming more and more readily available, as more and more dealers are stocking this bike.
The price of the bike is fairly reasonable too!
A friend of mine at college has one.
I ride with him occasionally, and you can definately see the difference in power.
I am at full throttle just trying to keep up with him at half throttle (or whatever position he is at).
After-market parts are not HUGE in number, but they are definitely getting there.
The new models are ALL EFI, and the older models had it as an optional extra.
They have been making it since 2002? or sometime around then, so have had almost ten years to perfect it.
I would say they are getting pretty damn near.
In a market where your only real competition is a Ninja 250, or a CBR250, I say it wins hands down.
The only OTHER bike I would consider as an alternative, are the various 400cc bikes out there.