I completely disagree with post #4. I commute daily, year round, here in Columbus, OH.
I've put 5000 this first year on the T Dub and its been great... I sold my truck and my fiancees car is the only 4 wheeled vehicle between us.
Sure, most of it is urban in the 35-45 range, but I've taken the t dub on the interstate plenty of times.
Maxes out in the low 70s (indicated, at least).
Problem areas are dealing with the wind, and the knobbies aren't the best choice for higher speed pavement runs, yet pretty decent in the winter.
I think concerns about acceleration and power are overdone. (I have owned 3 Geo Metros in my life, however)
Carving through traffic is a breeze and feels amazing on a TW.
I leave behind every car on the road from 0-45, and I kind of like the crazy feeling of winding a T dub out on the interstate (not that I ride recklessly).
You learn to ride "aggressively defensive", but thats how I'd ride any bike in traffic.
Never had a problem passing the highways and I live at the crux of a major interchange.
I've ridden 20 miles WOT straight to a trail for another 20, and 25-30 miles back again, mostly WOT, with no trouble.
I envy an 18 mile commute on side roads, really.
Great gas mileage, plenty of worthwhile cheap upgrades available, loads of fun, I think it's the best daily commuter out there.
I also don't ever get confused with a sportbike or a Harley rider, either. I bet I get stopped and asked about my bike more than both combined.
People love the look of the TW, and it doesn't give off the air of being poser-ish or snooty.
In fact, just the opposite. I think every guy sees a true workingman's ride, and every girl sees something unique and cute about it.
I'm pretty sure riding one makes you a better all around motorcyclist, too, cause it's probably a helluva lot easier to ride a 650 up and down the interstate on autopilot than it is to be as engaged in the ride as you are on a TW.
Get a used one. Change the oil over to Yamaha semi synth, and enjoy the ride, I say.