I have just traded a ZX6RG1 for this bike (a '99 WW). First, I've got to dispell at the rumours. Dead uncomfortable - not true. The bike is roomy enough for me and I'm 6'1". The screen is low so you do get wind blast but the bike really does have a good riding position. My wrists didn't need amputating after a long ride - its just as comfortable as the ZX6R but without the wind protection for your head (haven't tried it with the bird on the back yet, so can't give you pillion performance). No bottom end and crap-all mid-range - not true. Okay, the fuel injection means the bike does shunt when accelerating at low revs (under 4000?) from a closed throttle but after that the drive is as sweet as a nut. It is perfectly able to be driven around at less than 4000 revs if need be and the engine really gets going at 7000 revs. When it hits 10,000 the bike just goes barking mad - this is one very quick bike, don't believe the hype about it not being that quick - feels a lot quicker at the top end than my mates 'blade and you have to concentrate to keep the front wheel down, especially in second. But in terms of driveability and mid range, there really isn't a problem. Okay, you're going to get left behind by an R1 if you both need to leg it after pootling along in top and don't change down, but R1 owners I know sh*t themselves in the wet and at least you can moderate the power better in the Suzuki. But the star of the show is the bike suspension and handling. Hitting the front brakes hard on this bike is a dream - the forks hardly dive and the bike feels so solid, planted and composed that you just start taking liberties without thinking about it. I cannot tell you enough how fantastic the front end feels. I was lifting the back wheel into bends without even trying, the bike is that composed. I don't seen to be getting alot of rear wheel grip, but I'm going to change the pretty well worn D207 so I'll have to see if its the bike or the tyre. This bike looks lower and wider than the ZX6R and that's how it feels - lower to the ground and more stable with a more useable engine that is just barking at the top end of the rev. range. No wonder people call this a hooligan's tool. I just can't stop wanting to ride it and ride it hard. It is fantastic. Really. And who wants a Mondeo (sorry Fireblade) or common-as-muck R1 anyway?