First time posting in a while... back in the market for my second bike (first was a Suzuki Bandit 250, here). I have been trying to decide what style I am after, and narrowed it down to Sports/Sports Tourer/Standard... Basically something faired, 600-1250cc, Japanese, up to about 6-7 years old, and looking for 6000-9000. So I headed down to A1 today to test ride their Bandit 1250 and the GSXR600; ended up on the 750 instead. Bandit 1250: this is 1000cc of an upgrade on my first bike, and has modern suspension, FI, ABS etc. Did I mention the 1000cc more? I know there are more torquey bikes out there, but holy $h!t it was effortless, just lunging forward to the speed limit before I'd adjusted properly on the seat. I'm sure experienced riders get used to the available torque/power of their steeds, but without anything to compare, wow! I just nudged 3500rpm, barely any of the useable power of the bike, and it just surges along, like a powerful V8 but so much more effortless. Changing gears, effortless as well, just snick-snick-snick... Opened it up in second for a few seconds and laughed in my helmet as I almost flew off the seat. Soooooo good. GSXR750: getting on this crotch rocket (in lieu of the 600 I thought I has asked for) I actually understood the pejorative for the first time; you contort yourself over the fuel tank to ride this, as opposed to perching on the giant couch that is the Bandit. The grips are low slung, awkward at low speed coming off the curb to merge with traffic. A minute of using them and they felt natural, like the difference between a road bicycle vs a standard bicycle. Down low there is not a whole lot of much, but coming from a 250, it still flies to 60km/h, 80km/h in amongst the traffic. Turned to head through some local backroads, never getting more than 80km/h on the clock, but doing so in low gears, comfortably and easily. Again, I saw maybe 4000rpm, there is such an abundance of power, particularly in comparison with the 250. I felt myself compelled to lean on this bike, and although I probably barely did more than warm up the chicken strips on the rear, I feel that I would love getting to know this bike. So, now I am more confused. If you are heading out to decide on what format to buy, be careful how any things you try - it doesn't make it easier! I am living out past the Yarra Valley, so I have excellent roads for all kinds of riding. In terms of bike use, I will be commuting on whatever I end up on, and can see pros and cons for both of the bikes I tried today. I want to try a v-twin and and 600 sports as a comparison, and then go from there... I'll keep you posted!