Well I made up my mind and I am getting a new bike. Maybe even next week. I know kind of what I want. I want an I-4 and want to keep it 9 grand and under. Upright-ish seating is a must, I had a sportbike and while I love the handling and speed, I hated riding it. I go to a certain bike dealership (they have the big 4) because my brother worked there for 6 years as a mechanic and they know who my dad and I are and will not feed us BS. If a bike sucks, they will tell us. Plus we just like supporting them. I wanted an FZ6 but I think I am going to pass on it. They are selling like crazy according to the sales manager we know pretty well. He even said he had a used one come in on trade and it was gone by the end of the day. So I can't even sit on one to see if I want it. I have been lured away from it by these bikes. '06 FZ1 w/ 2200 miles (looks perfect, as it should). They are asking $8000 for it. Obviously that does not include tax, but since it is used there is no assembly and freight fee. They have an '07 brand new in there listed for right at $9000 plus fees. So I can save a grand in the deal and basically get a comfy R1. Pluses: Big power. The FZ1 forums there are guys getting at and some even over 140hp at the wheel with the second gen FZ1s with only basic bolt on mods (pipe, power commander, undoing all of Yamaha's emission crap, filter, etc.) Just FYI a stock Busa puts down about 150-155hp at the tire (my brother has dynoed many of them). Looks great. Other than the butt ugly pipe, which will be scrapped for an Akropovic full system, they look awesome IMO. Lots of cool goodies for it. Minuses: Stock seat sucks. Sure $300 and a call to Sargent can fix that, but that is yet another $300 I will have to spend. The knee cutouts on the tank don't seem to fit me too well. They are too low for my liking. The other is a brand spanking new '07 Kawasaki Z-1000. It is marked $8690 or something right around there. Pluses: Looks awesome (again, other than the pipes which will be swapped out ASAP). I have wanted a Z-1000 since they came out. Seems to fit me a tad better than the FZ-1. New bike smell. Minuses: No fairing (which is oddly enough, one reason why I think it looks so badass). I have ridden a few unfaired bikes on the highway and the buffetting from the wind and air, can get a bit irritating at times. A tad more expensive Has as much torque as the Yammie (according to the manufacturers claims, which usually are pretty damn optimistic), but down on HP. There is also a slightly used DL-1000 V-Strom. I sat on it and it is like a couch compared to the other two. My brother has had good things to say about them as well, but I dunno. They are asking the same for it as the FZ1. I kind of still want something a bit more sporty, but without going full on "monkey humping a football" like the superbikes. Plus I already had a TL-1000S, so I know what that engine is about. Nothing wrong with it, but I just want an I-4 this time. Also the sales guy I know has LOTS of really good things to say about the new Bandit 1250, but it is sort of bland looking IMO. Looks aren't everything, but hey I am 25 and single, it sure as hell doesn't hurt to get some attention. The sales manager did say that when I am absolutely ready to buy that he will let me try them out (since he knows that I am not some goober that will just chunk it down the street without even leaving the parking lot). I am already thinking about just running down there tuesday (the next day I am free) with the intentions to be riding home on something. Either way I think it is time to blow the cobwebs off my Arai. Opinions? Anything I have overlooked? Also, anyone know of any bike friendly insurance companies? So far Progressive seems to be pretty good. I got a Geico quote and it was retarded. My car insurance company used to be great about bikes (I was paying $25 a month for full coverage on a near new 2000 TLS when I was 20), but they seem to have pretty much stopped carrying bikes since then.