Well, I like the Hornet but feel like I've hit middle age. I bought myself an ex-police BMW R 1100 RT. Yay! Here's the obligatory pics before someone has a heart-attack: And because I'm a geek and a Macross fan, I've had a fiddle with Corel Paint to see what it would look like in the Roy Fokker VF-1S colours... Yes, I've seriously thought about it, but it's unlikely to happen. I know that I would be ridden off the road by other BMW riders. First impression? It's bloody heavy! Lucky it has those roll bars on the side because I'm sure I'll drop it on the driveway. On the road, however, it seems quite easy to turn and maneuver, but is so heavy and tall that I have a problem reversing. It dwarfs the Hornet in the garage, plus it's an imposing sight on the road. I can swear that most people do a double-take and NOT pull out on me because they think it may be a police bike. Panniers are awesome useful, as is the top box. The only issue there is that because it's a police solo bike, I would have to source a dual seat (and arrange the fittings) if I wanted to two-up. Luckily my other half is sitting her "P's" this Saturday. If you're doing the same test on Saturday afternoon at St Agnes, wish her luck.