I will always get a warm fuzzy thinking of my old Yamaha XS650
Had one like this one, and it was great to ride, even long distances, not incredibly quick, but deliberate all around, and absolutely bulletproof
It was my second bike, after a Honda CM400T, and man was I glad to step up to a real bike. Still just a parallel twin, but one of the nicer old ones.
Maybe it's not so great, and someone should have sold me a KZ or VFR cheap so I'd have known what a real bike was, but I liked this one, cuz:
This is my bike. There are many like it but this one is mine. My bike is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. Without me, my bike is useless. Without my bike I am useless. I must ride my bike true. I must ride faster than my friends, who are trying to smoke me. I must outlean him before he outleans me. I will. Before God I swear this creed: my bike and myself are carvers of the canyon, we are the masters of all curves, we are the tourers of all states. So be it, until there is no oil left, but peace. Amen.
IIRC it was bubbazanetti that did this first, so I don't take credit for the idea