I'm finally back on a decent bike after a year and a half. I love my 600s and 250s on the mountains but they suck everywhere else. Ive owned a couple of sports tourers and they're good everywhere else but are below par on the technical stuff. I've never liked thousands but my mate pointed out to me a few weeks ago - "hey you complain that 600s are too aggressive for road and whinge that sports tourers don't brake and handle etc, well that's where thous fit in". I realized that this bastard was right! I've ridden a fair few of the late model thous - 06 fireblade, 09 fireblade, 08 R1, 10 zx10 and didn't like any of them. It's nice to ride a big bike but the power delivery is still very much like a 600. So this is where the crossplane R1 fits in. "V-Twin like" power down low with brilliant top end you'd expect from a thousand. I bought this one privately with 10,000km on it, Matte black, Yoshi slipons, immaculate and no tacky bling. So I picked it up Tuesday night. Wed morning, wind in some preload, flip the shift linkage and set off to do the Putty Loop ride with my mates. No better way to test a road bike IMO. Where do I start - ergos are good it's surprisingly comfortable compared to 600s. You feel like your riding in the bike not perched on top as much as a 600. Sure I was sore at the end of the day but that's expected from anything half decent. I find that I'm not taking my left hand off the bar and resting it on the tank very often compared to other bikes. The dash is very good, nice features, I can see out the mirrors holy crap. All good stuff for a road bike. It sounds insane. It was very strange handling at first but I'm learning how to ride it now and loving it more with every kilometer. The brakes work so well that I'm actually scared of them. It definitely needs some gearing ASAP, it's way too tall stock. All in all it's a great bike. Haven't had the chance to take a good photo of it.