Hi gang, long time lurker, first time poster. Research has lead me to believe my next bike should be a CBR600F4i. I have considered a couple of others along the journey, namely the FZ6s and FZ8 fazers (haven't ruled these out yet), VFR800, various Ninjas. The common themes are I want a sporty, faired bike that's comfortable, and a sensible step up from a CBR250R. I'm also partial to a light, sweet sounding, high revving 4 banger, so bonus points for that. The 600-800cc class seems a good spot, I don't see the need to go more. There's a bit of information in reviews floating around about the 2001 CBR600F4is we got in Australia, which appear to be the split seat, sportier ones. From 2004ish on, they revert back to the 'banana' seat models, which appear to be the "standard" overseas models. I'm looking at these standard ones, the end of the line around 2005 and 2006. Looking at these in pictures on bikesales, they do not appear to have centre stands, which was a feature on the standard overseas models but done away with on the sportier ones. Could anyone confirm whether these had a centre stand? And any other goodies these models had? Also, is there anything known problems to look out for on the F4is? Any personal reviews/experiences of the bike? Lastly I'm open to suggestings for other bikes. Thanks!