When I upgraded from my 50cc Yamaha Jog scooter and bought 2007 Honda VTR250 14 months ago I thought I will keep my VTR for years. I was learning taking my time and never pushing myself. I really enjoyed the VTR, liked its look, available power, sound and handling. I really wanted to keep it for at least another 2 years when original warranty expired in July this year and I have bought an Extended warranty for it. By then I already was riding it pretty hard enjoying dragging off cars at every sets of lights. It seemed to be equal to V8 cars like XR8 Falcons, we usually were hitting 60 – 70 km/h at the same time. It was a good fun for a while…then it all started to slow down in my head. All seemed to be like in slow motion, during those a few seconds I could lazily watch traffic around me, watch that car, check my mirrors, watch speedo, watch tacho waiting for that slow needle to hit the red line and change gear. During that process I started noticing how much noise I am making and still going too slow. I got a feeling like being a tool and even gave up dragging the cars off for a while, although still occasionally doing that but purely mechanically without any fun at all. I did not like that change. I am riding my bike for the only reason because I enjoy it. These 15 minutes to work and another 15 minutes to home all I have, it gives me enough to enjoy life and I did not want it to be taken from me. So, I got two options not to ride at all, lose my skills and start all over again or just to get a bigger bike. I could not afford to wait 18 years again to have enough learning fun for 1 year, so I decided to upgrade. Of all available bikes on the market I selected only two that I really liked and possibly could afford. 2007 Honda CB900 and 2007 Yamaha FZ6N. The main points against CB900 were insurance cost ($870 a year) and old design. I have read lots of reviews on both bikes. CB900 seemed to be perfect in all aspects except for insurance cost and design. On FZ6N I had mixed feelings since all the reviews were different until I have searched for reviews for particular year 2007 FZ6N. It answered all my questions, apparently since 2007 Yamaha has fixed all problems with notchy gear box, snatchy fuel injection and lack of low end power. All those reviews, modern design plus affordable ($660 a year) insurance cost made me go and pick one up at the local dealer. I traded my VTR in, paid the balance and got 2007 Yamaha FZ6N with 16000 on the clock. Nice black and white colour, one owner (who for some reason upgraded to 1500cc cruiser), like new condition, full service history, ventura rack all that was a big plus to buy this particular one. I picked one up last Friday. It was ready to go, checked, washed, chain cleaned and lubricated and Oggy Knobbs installed. I took my bag off the VTR, put it on the FZ, done paperwork and we got ready to go. Before that I have had Suzuki GS500 for a day while my VTR was in service which did not impress me at all. Could not grip on the tank at all because of its ball-like shape. Power is very similar to VTR despite it is 500cc. Better high end but worse low end power, good for a first bike but not an upgrade option at all. Last Friday on my Q-Ride I have been riding some year 2000 750cc air cooled Kawasaki. It got lots of power, but controls and handling were terrible so at the end I was very glad it all over and I don’t have to ride it anymore trying to impress my trainer. In terms of handling my VTR felt like a dream once I sat on it after that Kawasaki. Sales person wheeled the FZ for me so I could check it all myself and gave me a key. On the way to ignition lock there was a clutch cable, not perfect place for it but not a big deal I can live with it. Key in, ignition on, self check done (love that multifunctional digital panel), start button pushed and FZ wakes up with a nice idling growl of inline 4. Stock exhaust sounds really nice at least for me. Quick twist of the throttle and engine immediately responds with a nice loud growl. Nice! I always liked the sound of the inline 4 engines. Sat on it, feels definitely higher than VTR, although it is only 3cm difference (according to specs), anyway I still could fully put my feet down without problems (176cm height). Clutch in, clicked in first gear, little bit revs, slowly clutch out and off we go. Couple of times rode back and forth on the quiet street getting the idea on the how gears changing, clutch engaging, engine and brakes responding. Clutch starts engaging bit earlier than on my VTR giving better feeling. Gears clicking in easy with a little push like it is just waiting for you only to show if you want to upshift or downshift. No false neutrals or any other problems. Engine starts pulling hard from as low as 2000-3000 rpm. In first while idling goes as slow as VTR, in second 25km/h. Brakes are really smooth and powerful. No problem with low speed manoeuvres like U-turns, hill starts, etc. Amount of engine braking not as much as VTR has but enough to cruse in traffic without using brakes. Very satisfied I took it for a ride in traffic. At the lights I don’t have much time to sit and look around, it pulls hard wanting to lift front wheel up even with me laying on the tank, similar thing happens in second gear. It does that with revs below 8000 rpm, so it has pretty good low end power, at least much more than 250cc V-Twin has. It comfortably sits on 60 km/h in 4th at 4000 rpm. Little flick of the throttle and in a fraction of a second the digital speedo already showing 75. Overtaking is a breeze, apparently it is designed for overtaking. Little twist of the throttle (in 4th) at 55km/h and when it is done and you are merged back to your line the speedo showing 108km/h! It does it all effortlessly, it made me a hoon on the first day I got it! On the highway it sits on 100km/h in 6th at 5000 rpm. Little twist of the throttle and it is already 140km/h and it wants more. Effortless acceleration. Handling is not as easy as on VTR but it is not bad at all, in particular steering is a bit slower but it is probably because it is 50 kg heavier than VTR. I really like it, hope I will not want anything bigger than that in a year or two.