Well i just spent the last 20 minutes doing a full writeup on these two bikes only to have a damn fuse blow in the house losing ALL of the writeup... so this is going to be a summarised version of what i CAN remember. '06 DRZ400 Motard This thing is fun! I'd been keen on taking a motard out for a spin for a while now, and given the opportunity i was grinning from ear to ear. For a taller rider like myself to get in and around the city... nothing, i mean nothing would beat a motard! This is all a bit of a shock for me as i've always been one of those pure-bred sports bike guys... but i'm coming to terms with it slowly. Now when i say this thing is fun, i don't mean fun in the same sports bike kind of way that's likely to see you hand in your license within the week of taking ownership. This kind of fun is the sort that can be had at mostly-legal speeds, doing mostly legal things. This all comes about as the main grunt of the DRZ400 is between 0-70km/h. Over 70 and it still 'goes' just it seems to take on a more functional requirement of being able to attain freeway speeds - which it does comfortably. Anyway, i'll go through the positives and negatives: + Suspension and geometry took a little getting used to but are awesome fun once your in the swing of things! + Front brakes are phenomenal! Stoppies just seem to happen... 'honestly officer!' + Enough grunt to have fun as long as your in first or second gear. I say this as it really does emphasise that your more likely to have fun around the city than you would out in the sticks. + Surprisingly comfortable for such a pathetic looking seat, not sure about the long haul though. - Not quite enough power to keep me entertained for the long term. I did get chatting with the guy at the dealership who said an extra bit of kick is pretty easy to get from them with an aftermarket pipe, bigger carbs and a bit of tuning. I do believe him as it sounded like it was being choked. - Exhaust note really didn't sing... although i think this is why the bike sounds like it's being choked. - Instrumentation was a bare minimum... it passed the ADR and with lights and mirrors it got a roadworthy so it's good enough for me! - I don't have one in my garage. Overall: 9/10 (city), 7/10 (outer-burbs) Final thoughts: If someone can recommend a motard with a bit more mumbo than this one, i'm keen to try it out. I reckon a 600 or a 660 donk would be perfect for a bike like this! I'd still be more than happy with the DRZ400 as a city bike, as i'm getting tired of the warp speed commute on my FZR1000. Only problem would be i'd probably replan my commutes to take in the best twisties and intersections... which would quadruple my commute time! '06 GSXR750 + Exhaust system and note is freaking awesome! Can't believe it's a stocker. + Loud enough to make school girls flutter and wave (i pissed myself laughing) + Confidence inspiring suspension and geometry. + Excellent dash for a digital readout... last bike i rode with one (ZX636) turned me off digital readouts; this Gixxer has restored my faith in them! + Enough power to get lofty in first under power, and second with a clutch up. + Nice EFI (coming from a carby 1000) meant everything was crisp... possibly too crisp (see negatives). + Looks could kill... and i'm a Yamaha man! - For a 6'3" rider it was surprisingly comfortable for a short testride, however longer than half an hour might see me unable to undo the contortions required to get on it. That said the tank is cut in a way that even my long legs fit it! I do also have a preference of sitting in a bike rather than on it, and found the GSXR750 to have a nice half way point. - Location of exhaust meant that when taking off from quickly and trailing my legs the exhaust gases were being splarted directly onto my shin! I still forgive the location of it as the exhaust system is still damn nice! - Bars need to be bent out about 5-8 degrees forwards so it might be possible to actually get to the steering stop before i bash my wrist into the tank. Stock location made it impossible to complete a 90 degree turn into a side street without beating my wrist into the tank. - Takes too long to wind up and get going... but that's just a relative thing coming from a 1000cc bike. If i could learn to keep the rev's up in the lower stratosphere again like i did on a 250, i think i'd learn to love it. - I'm still not sure why it happened but twice during my test ride i gently wound on the throttle whilst exiting a corner to find the rear tyre just spin up and start to step out. The impressive thing is that it did it in such a fashion that i could easily hold it spinning and return to normal programming with not so much as a conscious thought! I'm putting this down to the crispness of the EFI combined with the grunt of the 750 motor. I've never had an issue with this on my 1000, nor any of the other carb'd big bored i've ridden. Only comparison i can draw would be to the '05 ZX636 which was far more snatchy on the EFI but didn't do fun tricks like the GSXR750. Overall: 7/10. Final thoughts: It's an awesome bike... and in the right hands it'd be a weapon. In my hands it was just an oversized pair of scissors about to cut up my license. Most likely if i wasnt on a test ride i would learn to ride it in a more sedate manner... but to hear that banshee scream from the exhaust as the revs approched the limiter is intoxicating.