.. because you were afraid it'd spoil what you already had? For nearly 7 years now I have been consistently exhilarated by my little blue Hornet. In that time I've never ridden one other bike, for lots of reasons. Obviously most people don't like someone else riding their bikes. And that's fine with me, cos I don't lend mine to anyone else either. So I haven't asked if I can ride someone else's bike, and the opportunity hasn't come up either. As well, however, I would have avoided it anyway, because I always had the sneaking suspicion that having ridden something bigger/newer/faster etc, I'd be disappointed with what I have already. This year, however, we have committed to replacing the Hornet, high mileage, etc etc. I mentioned this to one of my local rider friends, and that after reading BIKE Magazine's constant barrage of praise for the Honda Fireblade in all its variations, I thought I might look at one as the replacement. He replied that he was riding his road/trail bike to work at the moment and that if I liked I could borrow his 954 model for a couple of weeks!!! For the last 5 days I have been out riding, culminating yesterday with a round trip from home to the Grey Gum Cafe and back. I left home 30kms south of Wollongong at around 5:00am and was back home at 11:30 including breakfast at the Grey Gum. I've never had so much fun on a motorcycle in all my life I've found out all that I wanted to, and the bike is safely locked up in my garage. And what I expected has happened. I rode the Hornet for the first time today, and for the first time I was underwhelmed. It's just as capable as ever, but I'm being realistic; I'm disappointed but as soon as I can I want to make the move to the bigger bike. End of blather, thanks for listening .