Hey there, I just took a 2002 Suzuki GSX-R 600 for a testride. This particular bike has done about 29 600km, and although it only has the stock exhaust system I found it to be loud. I must say that it sure felt good to be back on a road bike after a break of approximately 4 months since selling my ZZR 250. It felt surprisingly comfortable and easy to ride. I have heard reports that they do have an aggressive seating position, but I felt that it was quite comfortable for my 5 foot 11 80kg frame. Initially the palms of my hands felt a bit sore due to nerves until I relaxed my grip a bit. However, I did notice that there was a bit of vibration in the handlebars and from where the knees gripped the petrol tank as the revs approached 7000 - 8000 rpm. I often found myself short-shifting at 4000 - 5000rpm in normal suburban traffic conditions. This was the same when I first got my ZZR 250 - I had no idea that 8000 rpm is the optimum shift point when I first started riding it and found myself short shifting at 3000 rpm. Generally, this GSXR generally felt raw and vibey the more I revved it. Is this normal? I have read in reviews that these bikes are generally a lot rawer than say a Honda CBR 600RR or Yamaha R6 of similar vintage. I would appreciate hearing the thoughts and observations of either owners of this particular model bike or others that have had the chance to ride them. Cheers, Weasel :biker: "I feel the need.... the need for speed!"