Earlier this week I called into my local Yamaha store, to check out a few prices on bits & pieces and a bit of a browse. Upon leaving I got chatting to one of the chaps about upgrading. It just so happened they had a demo FZ6S Fazer for a couple of days, I was encouraged to take it for a test ride. It was raining lightly, I was reluctant to ride an unfamilar bike in the rain, but they ganged up on me and before I knew it I was sitting on this bike ready to zoom off into the rain. I looked at my little Virago sitting next to me, it was only a test ride, I'll be back little V Flip, down goes the visor & I'm off, albeit a lot slower than normal. The substantially higher seat than my V makes paddling with this bike extremely difficult. Maybe it would get better with practice I thought. Ooops, I stalled it, ok, settle petal, find the friction point and just cruise off nice and gentle, righto, where are the footpegs ohhh back here :wink: My main concern is braking in the wet. The Virago has got pretty poor brakes, the Fazer felt like it could have pulled up on a penny if I wanted it too. The difference was enormous. If the brakes are so impressive, I wonder what else this bike has in store for me to discover. Time will tell I guess. The Fazer only had 200km's on it when I took it out. It had oodles more than that when I returned it. Luckily they said I could have it overnight if I wanted. 40km of city riding & an hour later, a little flashing symbol catches my attention, gee, it's got a fuel gauge too, how novel Time to stretch the back anyway, this different ride position is interesting to say the least. I go to do my first U turn to double back to the servo and something doesn't seem right. I complete the U turn with no hassles, but I couldn't quite pick what was so different. My fingers were starting to become stiff, there was also pain in my upper palms and when I squeezed the clutch it radiated down to my wrist, I am not sure if the discomfort was from the ride position or because the bike was virtually new and the clutch needed to wear in a bit, but either way I have been in agony for 3 days now. Another 50 km's of city riding, battling light rain occasionally, the confidence is building, I am not stalling the bike on take off as often now. For a 600, I would have thought that acceleration would have been awesome compared to the V. Maybe It would improve as the bike loosened up, it is new after all. I don't know, I just expected so much more of a woooosh, she's gone sorta thing, but it just wasn't there. I head off home and am soon cruising the HWY, the gauges are very easy to read compared to the V, the digital readout is funky, all these mod cons, I wonder if its got heated grips too , lol. I decided to go suss out a couple of quiete back rds in Donnybrook and give the legs a stretch. 180 no sweat, with plenty of twist left to go. I have had the V wound out to 140, 180 didn't seem any more scarier. I go to do a U turn and head for home and there's that confused feeling again, what is it that is so different with this bike compared to the V. Sure its a bit heavier, but there is something else. I noticed that when I was doing slow speeds on this bike, especially when lane splitting or approching built up traffic at lights & such, that it was convenient to take my feet off the pegs and extend my legs so they hung just off the ground, seemed to be easy to balance at slow speeds this way.With the V so low in the seat department, its impractical to take your feet off the pegs unless at a complete stop or else they will get ground down to your kneecaps. Back in the traffic again, some more fuel and a phone call to the bikeshop to let them know all was well, considering I had been gone 4 hours. Hmmm, I stuck 4 lts in at the last servo when the light was flashing, and its flashing again after only 75kms, hmmm, the V gets 30kms a ltr. If I was to consider this bike as an upgrade, I would have to get our family bike guru (my Step dad Moz) to give it a once over and a thumbs up, cos if he didnt get to give it the stamp of approval and heaven forbid if I bought it and then something wasn't right, all I would hear would be " I told you so", blah blah. :roll: So... off to Mums I go. The look of disapproval I get from my mum when I roll up the drive says it all. She has had issues about me riding of late, and an upgrade to a bigger bike is not something she approves of. Moz spends the next hour going over the bike. ohhhh, look, its even got a centre stand :grin: "this offset shocker is different, I've never seen one like that before" Moz says. After a short squirt on it he returns with a big grin and reckons I should buy it. :grin: Mind you, Moz doesn't have a bike of his own at present, and has not had a bike for 5 years, so a ride on any bike is a thrill, although funnily enough, he declines my offers for a blat on the Virago. :? I finally figured out what the "strange" feeling was when I was doing U turns.... the wheel moves in the direction you want to go when you turn the bars, but the mirrors and fairing stay put, unlike on the virago when you move the bars the mirrors move too, I'm glad I finally figured it out, another quirk I spose I would get used to in time. I return the bike and just for curiousity's sake go through the the number crunching motion with the salesguy. It is slightly out of my ball park, but if I was really impressed with it I would/could make it happen. I just aint that impressed. So, where am I at with this bike? It's OK, I guess. :? The OMG feeling just wasn't there. Sure, it's a sports bike, its new, it goes faster than the Virago, and might even take off just as well with a bit of practice and wearing in. (maybe it does take off better than I realise, it could just be my unfamiliarity with it & the new stiff clutch clouding my judgement) But, it uses more fuel, rego & insurance are dearer, as are tyres and maintenance..... & to be honest, its not really very sexy looking! lol. I honestly think I would have had a completely different experience had it not been raining on and off, but that wasn't the case so I am stuck with the opinion I have. In a nutshell, after getting back on the little Virago I can't say I am in a rush to upgrade to a Fazer, or anything else for that matter. I am sure I will eventually find what I am looking for, the Fazer just isn't it, it has left a rather flat feeling with me. I really think I will end up with an SV650, I can't seem to warm to anything that isn't a V Twin, not to mention the SV's are cheaper than the Fazers. They would want to do better than $10500 + my virago, throwing in a ventura rack and an offer of a bag at half price will not cut it for a bike that doesn't inspire me much. Why am I not in a rush to upgrade like everyone else that is off their restrictions? Is it unusual to be content with a 250, and a Virago at that. Will I get that OMG sensation I seek, I spose the only way to find out is to test more bikes. And on that note..... I'm off to find an SV to ride. Sorry for the rant, I am just curious if anyone else had any similar experiences when they came off restrictions.