I'm currently in the process of compiling a shortlist of candidates for my first non-LAMS bike. Firstly a bit of background: I'm male, 186 cm, 73 kg. I ride pretty much everywhere, irrespective of the weather. I've put 25000 km onto my Ninja 300 in 15 months. My commute is 45 km each way, with a mixture of city traffic, freeway and country roads, but I also like to get out on days off and hit the twisties (the old road, Putty, etc.) as well as the occasional weekend away kind of trip (300-500 km / day). I have a top box for the Ninja that I use for this, but not for my daily ride. I'm looking to step up to something mid-sized, around 800cc or under. I have a slight preference for bikes with some degree of fairing, although not ruling out a naked. I've found ABS useful in the wet so given the choice I'd rather have it, and a slip/assist clutch is nice in stop-start traffic, although I do lane filter if its really bad. I tend to ride a bit leant forward on the 300, so not overly bothered by back/wrist issues. I plan to have this bike for 3-5 years. Here's my current shortlist, in no particular order: Street Triple R +/- Rx Daytona 675R Z800 CBR650F VFR800F MT09 (probably the Tracer due to ABS & bigger tank) Japanese Supersport: ZX-6R, R6, CBR600RR, GSXR-600/750 (although not all have ABS and I know its naughty to lump them in together.) I'm in sweet lurrvvve with the sound of the Triumph motor & booked in to test ride both back-to-back next week. I suspect that the power delivery from these will be more useful on the street than their Japanese equivalents. I've got test rides planned for the CBRs, VFR and a GSXR-600, but lucking out finding a demo MT, Kawa or R6. Any advice, comments, additions or scratchings would be greatly appreciated!