Went for a little ride yesterday afternoon with a couple friends -both named Don- me on my '02 FZ1 the other guys on Kawasakis, an '88 ZX600 Ninja and an '05 ZRX1200. The route we decided to go is best suited to dual-sports or sumos but we took the big bikes anyhow. The road itself is narrow mostly paved but not well kept up. Several miles of 20-40 mph with lots of switchbacks, frost heaves, pot holes, bumps, washboard with short spans of gravel and dirt thrown in. And being this time of year, wet. Regarding the bike, I was very impressed how it handled this road. The suspension blew me away as it soaked up everything extremely well without transmitting anything to my back, which is not in good shape. It handled very well too-as well as a semi-sporting postured 500lb. bike could I suppose. All in all, a very impressive bike. For anything but true off-roading, I'd say this bike would make a great adventure-sport-tourer. Just my opinion. And, as always, YMMV. Anyone else take their 1st gens on similar crap infested roads? Lets hear about it!