Okay, like many of you, I have just been to the Bike Show. Except, I had specific expectations of the 4 new Liter bikes, (Mille, ZX10R, CBR1000RR, and R1).
Well, the R1 was sweet in the pics and previews, yet failed to raise a brow for me personally. It just didn't have that special something for me. It may or may not school the rest on the track, and who can say if it will or not without allowing the situation to take place. Love the swingarm, kick a$$ lights, nice seat, gorgeous pipes. Overall, not impressed. I am not a Yam follower.
The new fireblade (yes, lower case "f"). Tadoa Babba should have given them some pointers at least before leaving, as I am disappointed. She will be a handler, not a powerhouse, and personally I prefer handling to power, function before form. First things first. The psuedo intakes piss me off more than the national deficiet, since the Ram Air Intake is located above the radiator alla' CBR600F3 (except that was 2 staged). The steering damper is nice and original, yet looks cheap and cheesy in person. I hate the "Built by Ford", Ford Tough bodywork. But man, I love the pipes, the overall look, etc. I hate that you couldn't sit on the thing, but it most likely feels like a buff 600RR, and I prefer the feel of a Gixxer or 636 to the 600RR. Just me though. Overall, the RR didn't flip my kilt up. Nice stacked gears, radial brakes, and vents for the tail.
The Mille Factory and R were mega sweet, but again, personal preferences as I have a long inseam and the ride height suits me. Love the looks, giant improvements on last years guages too. Love the Aprilia.
Now, the ZX10R is a looker in my book. Sitting on it feels terific. In a tuck, the shaped gas tank is like no other. You really must tuck to understand on the ZX. The frame and swingarm are beautiful. The swingarm is actually lighter than the 636. The frontal area on the 10 is smaller than the 636 also. Crazy. The Kaw district manager stated that it is more powerful than the ZX12R, and has 175 at the rear wheel. I think he meant crank. It is within 7 lbs of the ZX6RR's weight too. Very nice. Naked, the bike is a clutter. Oh well.
So my pick is the ZX10R.
Don't get me wrong, I am in love with my 929, and wont' be getting a new bike this year, as I just dont' think I need one.
But these were my observations and bring on the Flamin.
No kittens were injured in writing this section.
Spank her once for me.
I hope to hear some opinions.