My wife and I are looking to get a sportbike in 6-7 months. Price is no issue (up to $15k or so;Q). We're currently looking at a Yamaha FZ6, mainly because it seems a bit more comfortable than most. Biggest concerns are maintenance, and ability to carry a passenger without unreasonable discomfort for short distances. There is only one instant disqualifier, which is strange, but its a personal pet peeve of mine . No large mufflers on one side. One on each side is fine, but that asymmetrical look just drives me nuts! So lets hear your opinions.