Wow As a DIE HARD SUZUKI FAN this is hard.... Slice me in half and I have Suzuki written through me like a stick of rock. Don't get me wrong.... this is a great bike, Hiroshi Iio had the hardest job in the world: how to design a bike to follow the Daddy of all superbikes... the previous GSXR 1000's. An impossible and thankless task because the previous incarnations were power with a side order of power and a large helping of power for dessert. That made every model from the K1 to K6 enormous fun to ride even at low speeds where it is needed most on the road!! (forget pub bragging, the majority of time is spent between 30mph and 90 mph). With ever increasing EU emission restrictions the power has been NEUTERED (the warning words in magazine reviews are... the power has been "refined" or "matured") at low to low/mid revs. (the red line has been raised to make it lower than mid range). Suzuki has added the mode switch, this gadget is designed to make you forget the missing low end power by....erm lowering the power again on an already very docile machine??? A cheap pipe that removes the catalytic converters and disconnecting the SET valve restores some pride but the lengthened swinging arm means that to get any fun from this bike you'll need speeds that will get you a longer custodial holiday at her majestys pleasure than the average mass murderer receives. (Every chief constable must be overjoyed). Interestingly, the bike is great at low speed cornering and high speed cornering but is reluctant at mid speed line changing although that might be down to the OE tyres. Bike journalists can be forgiven for heaping so much praise on the K7 because as they have so much experience they have developed acquired tastes... (somewhat like a top chef telling you that lemon goat embryo on a bed of lizard genitals is tastier because they've eaten so much steak and chips it's lost its appeal for them... but not me, just pass the ketchup... that is all the K6 needed, a tiny dash of sauce to spice it up a bit more) what makes fun for people at the nurbergring has little to do with fun for Joe public commuting to work and sprinting between lights with the (totally unintentional) front wheel getting light (Ahem). When a guy has left you at the lights and slowed for the next set, pulling alongside and shouting "my bike is faster than yours above 120mph" will not save your face or stop his smug grin, Suzuki beating was never on the menu before! I have a dreadful feeling that this is the tip of the iceberg and subsequent models from all manufacturers are set to have the fun squeezed out of them by governmental and enviromental restrictions. This bike has great potential and power (every expert will tell you it has more power everywhere than other GSXR's) but unfortunately not where it is needed the most, the magic has been diluted abd the fun is harder to get at... Fantastic commuter, awesome at race tracks but although this bikes ability has been lowered to make sure it's still (only just) ahead of the other manufacturers...it simply cannot live with other Suzuki GSXR 1000's on the road.