Well I've now done 200 k's or so in the last coupla days so time to give some of my thoughts. As I said in the 'Breaking in the Beast' thread, I havent been thrashing her.. But yes, I've been riding the bike hard as I usually ride & using heavy engine braking as well; only thing I do different is no snapping of the throttle... yet. Lemme tell you this much. This thing is f*cken powerful. First gear is awesome & power thru the midrange is phenomenal. I soon learnt not to ride in first gear on bumpy roads with left hand on the hip because any movement of your right hand from going over a bump throws you back a bit, so cruising in 2nd or 3rd gear is mandetory. Leaning forward is mandetory when taking off, & taking first gear up to 140km/h is no probs with still 3000rpm to go before red lining. Within seconds youre already hitting 180km/h + I've for the first time started using clutchless shifts because I've simply found it too hard hanging on with only last 2 fingers & thumb on the bar & 2 fingers on the clutch. Have had no probs with the gears. Gear changes are fine & effortless. I'm still getting used to finding neutral. More often than not, I'm putting the bike into second gear, so only a slight tap is required. Got caught by speed/redlight camera on Princes Hwy within the first 50km/h the bike travelled. Intersection had a green light so mustve got done for going over the speed limit. Just as well I had no plates on. The bike feels like a toy (compared to the ZX9); its that light & so easy to throw around. I've already managed to snap off one of the peg feelers from coming down too hard on a corner. I shit myself when the bike jolted back up from the hit. Only when I got home did I notice it had come off. Now I just gotta do the same to the other side. Slipper clutch works wonders. I've been doing some heavy heavy engine braking trying to lock up the rear & havent succeeded yet. Today I was doing about 108-110hm/h when I put it in 1st gear & snapped open the clutch. Still no shudder & no locking up of the rear. Positioning of rear brakes took getting used to & at first I was left feeling around for them. I've always been used to the lever being in the position where upon applying, your foot is still in a nearly horizontal position. With this bike, the lever is in alot closer to the body of the bike, & lower. This is a superbike made for the track so some of the features ie. Stop Watch, (2) x lap timers etc I have no real use for. Being picky here, but the bike runs at too quick a speed when idling in first gear for my liking, so thats something I'll look at changing at a later date. If there is one thing on the bike thats useless, my vote is for the mirrors. They are f*cken useless & only good for looking at your elbows. You can only see behind if you lift ya arms up at shoulder height or higher. So unless you dont mind looking like a f*ckin retaed, the only option is head turns only. They are the first things coming off once the bike gets registered on Tuesday. For habitual lane splitters like myself; watch out & make sure you get ya judgements right. Previously your mirrors getting hit was always the indicator that there wasent much room. With this bike, your hands on the throttle & clutch bars are the widest points of the bike, so the only indicator you will now get that there isent enough space is when ya fingers get smashed & your sorry arse falls to the road in a heap a second later. Well this is all I can think of so far, given the limited time I've had on the bike. Cathar will be able to provide a more comprehensive review once he has ridden the biatch.