Hi folks, Well, having just arrived back in Oz from some time overseas (again), my agonizing 2 week wait is finally over ! I posted a topic ~ 2 weeks ago regarding my new 2008 R1 (black)...and today, 18th Aug, was my first ride. Here's what I thought : * Beautiful feel ! I knew I would love this bike from the moment I released the clutch for it's first 'takeoff'...this is a special bike ! * Light, easy steering - point-and-shoot ! Much easier to ride (especially during turns) than GSXR750 (K7) which feels 'heavier' whilst turning, though each has its own merits * Higher seat (835mm), seems comfortable, wider bars- nice feel... * Power ? Stupendous !!! Don't get me wrong - the Gixer is fast, but this is an ANIMAL ! Though still limited to 8300rpm till 1600km ODO (yes, this bike is barely run in yet !), it packs a mean punch and 'he' really wants to get up and go, even with a mere 5000rpm on the dial...and the growl from the twin Akra pipes ? Divine ! So, I saddled up and took the beast for an 80km gentle (mostly) ride, where "Black Knight" formally introduced his massive available power curve to me. Woooooaaaaaah, was my first expression ! Respect where respect is due, and tonight, Black Knight earnt mine. Taking him out for a longish ride on Wed 19th (erm.. today.. why am I still awake ?) - can't wait. Anyway, as promised here are some pics taken 2 days ago. All mods/accessories fitted, except for clear indicators, which only arrived in store yesterday-having them fitted ASAP. Also fitting a Billet (gold) alloy rego holder, from auSFR (fantastic, prompt service!), as well as gold 'piston' type valve caps. I couldn't stand having a white plate on a black bike, so a black plate (standard) has been ordered and will be fitted to the bike in the next few days. Hope you like the pics : Total of 1227km before my first ride - bike not even broken in yet ! Apart from the other gold accessories, note the gold fuel cap bolts..a very trick addition. What can I say ? I'm hooked on the R1 ... a beautiful, powerful bike with 'presence'. Very happy with my purchase and highly recommend the Yamaha R1 as anyone's first Litre bike..love mine !