First off, I have less than 200 miles on my bike, so I can't give a full test review. I have always followed the manufacture's break in procedures on every new bike I have owned. I'm keeping the revs under 4000 for the first 500 miles and then under 6000 for the first 1000 miles. Likewise, I haven't felt the bike's power as of yet. The handling is outstanding for a bike of its size. I have been fortunate enough to have owned many top of the line bikes in the past. Including the Hayabusa and ZX-12R. The bike I'm comparing it to is the Hayabusa, since its still in production and the 14's main competition. In terms of handling, the ZX-14 feels much lighter and more nimble, IMO. Its only a couple pounds lighter, but it feels about 50 pounds less. The Zx-14's brakes are very strong. I wouldn't say any stronger than the Hayabusa's brakes, but the feel is better. From a power standpoint, the Hayabusa felt a good deal stronger at these low revs. While the Hayabusa would lurch forward with authority, the ZX is much more mellow. Kawasaki was trying to make the bike easier to ride in town from what I've heard. In fact, this is one of the most gentle bikes I have owned. It reminds me of the Suzuki RF900R I had years ago. From what I understand, its acceleration is second to none above 5000rpm. I was reading a comparison on the web of the bikes tested together. The horsepower and torque graphs mirror how the bikes feel in the saddle. The Hayabusa has an advantage up to 4500-5000rpm.