I know there are thousands of topics like this, but everyone thinks he has special needs and wants a topic of their own. I am no exception :). My riding experience over my 5 years: (+strong points in my oppinion, -weak points in my oppinion) 1. Suzuki GS500: +not that much electronics ( no sensors, no injection, etc ) +easy and cheap maintenance + nice to get around in traffic + insane fuel economy +air cooled, no fuss + first love - felt too small, looked like a toy - windy at highway speeds - looks 2. Kawasaki ZR-7 - 2001 +fun in the twisties, ran circles around squids on 600 speeders +not that much electronics ( sensors, injection, etc ) +pulls nice in low revs, nice to get around in traffic +huge tank and very good fuel economy +easy and almost cheap maintenance +huge underseat space for "stuff" +air and oil cooled, still no fuss +kawasaki grew on me +huge tank range +fuel level indicator +I could stay in saddle all day - too rare, hard to find parts and when you do they cost an arm and a leg - bad on highway speeds (windy) - front fork a bit soft - looks 3. Honda VFR800 FI 2000 - gen5 +wind protection and even rain protection sometimes :) +lovely for doing fast cruising (140km/h-160km/h) +faster than I what I was used with +no choke lever +clock +looks +impressive fuel economy - got (honda) technophobia from this bike. R/R gave up and left me standing, somethimes the bike ignition cut off as I was riding - runs extremely jerky in first gear when going at idle rpm speed between cars. it's almost scary - dissapointed from a V to find that the power sits a bit in the high revs - a bit too linear power delivery, it kinda sneaks up on you - a bit of a wrestle to tip down in twisties - runs hot, burns my legs in traffic - a bit fat for going around traffic - lacking personality imho Glad you made it so far, I tried and still try to be as brief as possible. Now here's what I am looking for in the next bike: Here we go: Runner-ups 1. Hayabusa (ridden one, love it but a bit large and hard to tip in corners. bet it becomes better as I learn more to ride it) 2. Kawasaki ZX-9 (it's a kaw, it's low tech, it's fast and nimble, hope a find a decent 2002+) Considering: 1. CBR 1100 XX 2. Yamaha R1 (hate the position but love the looks and speed. considering major mods for ergonomics. handlebars, pegs, etc ) 3. Kawasaki Z1000 4. Yamaha FZ1 5. Yamaha TDM 900 What can you recommend based on what I seek? Helpful reviews of the bikes mentioned here is also very welcome.