Believe it or not previous to owning this bike I had owned two (different times) FZS1000's.. they are brilliant bikes. This is my sons Fazer. We toured EU together with other two sons and one of their partners. On Fazers, Andy on my present bike, Matt on an 02 Fazer (virtually identical cept for Yamaha logo on the tank). Martin was on a newer FZ6S, me on the FZS1000 and Anna (Matts partner) GSX600. I think the GSX was worst for comfort overall and also frustration in usable to useable power also hairpins at slow speed (due to dangers). Next the FZS1000 best for comfort again frustrating in power usage, both too powerful however on a good safe bend!!!WOWWW But the two bikes that got there pegs down and whos riders had the biggest permanent grin were the two FZS600's. Yeah.. no match to the others the power is sooooo usable on the 600 fazer. I can really vouch for that as unfortunately had to part with the thou and due to even sadder reasons now have the 600. Strengths: Usable power, handling, overall quality. Weaknesses: Only the seat but with after market seat....100% strength.