Hello all, looking for input from anyone who has had personal experience with a Blackbird. I'm currently riding a 1994 VFR750. Great bike, very nice and well behaved, and great as my first upgrade from my VTR250 learner bike. I am now considering my options for my next step up, and the year 2000 blackbird (pre cat) has caught my eye. I have read review after review and done as much research as I can on the web. All the reviews are done either in isolation, or compared to other bikes that I can't relate to (such as the Hayabusa), so I really dont feel that I know what to expect from a blackbird other than 'really fast and smooth'... So here is what I would like to know: :idea: My VFR is 210kg dry. This weight poses little trouble for me. I've had two embarassing stationary drops :roll: but learned each time and now the weight rarely troubles me. The Blackbird is 223kg dry, but also with a larger fuel tank. How much heavier is this going to feel once its full of fuel and on the move? What fuel economy are blackbird riders ACTUALLY getting? Particularly anyone who uses it as a daily to-and-from work machine. (My VFR is rated at 6.5 per 100km, but gives me more like 8 ) Is the blackbird easy to live with as a daily rider? It seems pretty big...? What about getting through traffic? (yes, splitting as well.) How will the running costs compare assuming I use the same type (but obviously not size) of tyres etc that I am on my VFR? (ie: what do services, chains and sprockets etc cost?) Last question: What does a Blackbird rider upgrade to, given that most reviewers rate it as one of the best all-round machines ever made? :grin: Thanks! P.S. I know it's going to be tempting to reply with 'ride one and see', but it'll cost me $550 to hire one for a weekend and I STILL wont know the answer to some of the above. Please play nice.