I would urge all riders interested in the technical aspects of the modern motorcycle to buy the May 2005 issue of BIKE magazine (U.K.) Read the Cover Story Japan vs BIKE, page 84. The magazine DE-tuned an R6 engine back to FZR600 specs, lost only 4 HP, brought the torque figure UP by 2 lb.ft at 2,000 revs lower (10,100 vs 12,100) and created a bike which 18 out of 20 riders who tested both bikes back to back, said they preferred to the stock R6. Top speed was down by only 3 mph (148 vs 151) but the roll-on test showed the de-tuned bike MURDERED the stock R6. 40 - 80 mph R6, 9.65 seconds, de-tuned R6 7.05 seconds 40 - 120 mph, stock R6, 19.7 seconds, de-tuned R6 14.55 seconds!!!! They were making the point that most modern bikes develop more power than older machines, but that the power is so high up the rev range as to be useless 90% of the time, and comes at the expense of rideability. Anyway, read the article and see if it's of interest, I was fascinated.