I must be the slowest sports bike rider in the world I had this epiphany today. I would not say its a lack of skill or that I have fears of some sort My R1 is a 99, old yes - as sportsbikes go, but it is in concourse condition with only 15000 kms on the clock ( yep average of 1500 kms per year ) it can do warp speed - but I really have no desire too, either from the standing start or flogging it in higher gears Seriously I am happy riding it at the posted speed limits and enjoying the scenery etc without having to be on the knife edge of concentration for those high speed jaunts many are fond off. I am in no way saying or commenting about those that may enjoy rather spirited riding Its nice to know the bike has the power and speed and tap should it be required, but after many years of some very fast road cars etc -- the speed bug doesn't bite me any more. I have the most fun on it balancing it when coming to a set of red lights to see if I can win the go slow race where I don't have to stop fully and put my foot down. I have been asked -- why do I have a R1 if I don't ride it fast - because I like the bike I guess. I am weird, over the hill or is any one else in the same sort of position/opinion ?