I had the oportunity to take a 999 home the other week. (I love working in a bike shop) Thought I would share a couple of things I noticed. First of all for a bike that is very focussed in what it should do I found it quite comfortable. Not to say I would tour on it but still more than reasonable. Next, goes well. Damn it goes well. Little hard to get off the line but that is the long gearing. I can remember doing about 100 still in first gear with revs to go. Most of the time I tooled around in second gear, even off idle still had more than enough stomp for this black duck. Heat, this thing pumps it out. Problem is it dumps it on your inner thighs and knees. Now on a cold day more than welcome but it would have to be a really cold day. Brakes are fantastic, good feel and plenty of power and these are not the new radial style. I did not take it on many corners, basically from Oakleigh to town to meet someone then home again. But I did notice that it was very easy to tip into a corner and would hold a line really well even with my ham fisted throttle control. The engine is very responsive, just touch the throttle and the revs rise and fall easily. Final thoughts. Would I buy one??? Only for track use only and then only if I could find one that had already been track dayed. I would not have one on the road not enough civility for me. I would definately not use it to commute.