As I live in Belgium, I have adopted our way of counting and measuring to the British system. I must say that I like the 7R very much. I own it now for almost 5 years and I've never had a problem with it. I ride it all year (most in summer of course). If I should have to buy another bike right now, I probably buy the same with the same colours (lime green with purple). I've ridden some other bikes as I wanted something else, ZX9R, R1, 996, ... but none of them gave me the same pleasure. Most of all the riding position is more extreme then most bikes (I like that very much, such an agressive riding position). Further more you've got the excellent front, the bulky engine which never fails you. Perhaps a little too much weight, especially to do some nice wheelies in 2nd gear, without hurting the engine to much. But the whole package makes up for that. At circuit days (or at traffic light departures) you doesn't have to be ashamed to turn up with the ZX7R, even if it's already 5 yers old. So now I'm kinda waiting for Kawasaki to come up with a new (but not totaly new) 7R. There 9 lacks a proper UPSD fork and clip-ons that are really clip-ons to be interesting to me. And an other brand is out of the question. So I think I'll hold on to mine for some time.