Some of you may recall I talked about my buddy getting a 05 R1. Well we went for a ride last night( a lil over 3 hrs ), and just so happened to run into one of his riding buddies. He has a 2004 Yamaha FZ1. He offered to let me ride it a bit on the HWY and through a twisty section. Wow, that bike has some power! Its not a nimble, at least to me, as my bike is, but it has power. Coming out of the corner, or accelerating from 70-100, its just plain fast. The cruising position on his bike was a lil more upright than mine, but it just wasn't as "tossable" in the curves. The steering had a dampaner on it, and the steering just kinda felt dead. I like to feel a lil bit of the road, but with his you got no road feel through the bars. Then again this guy was riding with wife beater adn shorts on. Not the brightest Then I rode my buddies R1... WOW, that thing is a rocket. You can toss it in a turn, and it pulls you out sooo nicely. Its a very balanced bike. he did something to the suspension, so its not as bumpy as it was when he bought it. The riding position is more hunched over, but its not bad. I guess you just have to get used to it. So as much as I love my YZF 600R, I wish it was a 1000, but i need to learn to exploit everybit of the 600 before I move up to a bigger bike. In the mean time I would like to have my suspension adjusted for me, a tech at the yamaha shop said he would do it for me. Then maybe add a power commander and a new inatake/exhaust. Last night was my first ride with my new gear though. I went with Joe Rocket everything. JR GPX 2.0 Gloves JR Speedmaster jacket, red JR Alter Ego pants JR GPX boots Shoei RF-1000 Helment. Yeah I know, I could have bought less expensive stuff, but i wanted to get good stuff and not have to replace it in 2 yrs. Better safe than sorry.