Well I've now swung over to the gixxer camp and am eyeing up a GSXR600, 01 model to get the fuel injection... It might sound a bit insane for a first road bike, but I'm looking for something to 'grow in to' and I'm pretty set on a sports bike. The thing I like about this model is its very light as I'm not a big guy, and you can get the 01 model for around $9k Hornet just mentioned an issue I'd never even thought of though, doing head checks and generally eye sight manouverability around town. Does anyone own this model? or can you give your thoughts on general vision on a sports bike?