Re: 03 Gizzer
I'd agree with Conq, but with a caveat or two...
From nearly all accounts, the new Gixxer is a great all around supersport, not just a narrow focus track tool. Liveable ergos, useable grunt down in the basement, manic power everywhere else, and very nimble, confidence inspiring handling.
Alot of the debate isn't a debate anyway. A well ridden, ten year old FZR600 will shame a goodly chunk of big bike riders under many real life road conditions (and the track too, depending on the technicality of the place in question).
I think we Honda lovers can take some solace in the notion that the 954 is about as good a streetbike package as is out there, particularly when you consider that new '03 954s can be had for a song at various dealerships across the country. But it's not the top of the literbike heap, nor was it when it came out two years ago.