Point taken, sike
, that's good advice. I'm normally pretty conservative, especially on a bike that's foreign to me. I spend dozens of hours in parking lots each year doing low speed maneuvers, take some sort of safety or track class each year, and seriously thinking about becoming a ride coach within the next couple years.
, The Wing is "our" bike and it's great for touring and fun 1:1 time with my sweetheart. But the Bandit is "my" bike and it brings out the hooligan in me. I want more. I've done the powerful naked thing. It's fun. But I've never experienced ownership of a full on sport bike.
, I've read that the 10R isn't the worst when it comes to comfort - not as spine-pretzel-bending as some sport bikes. And I have no intention to ride it 500+ miles at a pop. That's what the Wing is for, this is just for get-of-the-house-for-a-couple-hours-and-have-some-country-road-fun.
I read the motorcycle.com 2004 Open Class Shootout
between the Aprilia RSV R, Ducati 999, RC51, CBR 1000RR, ZX 10R, GSXR 1000, 955i Daytona, and the YZF R. The ZX10R took 3rd.
"Malo. Muy malo! This thing is evil. It is every malevolent night terror you ever had, it is whoever invented women's self-help magazines, it is credit cards on ebay, it is the most intoxicating thing you can do with your right hand without going blind. The ZX-10R epitomizes ridiculous excess in big bore sportbikes with more engine than a Saturn V booster. The big Zed is a bat out of hell complete with horns and a forked tail."
I still love the Bandit. I've always had a passion for torque and acceleration, and 95 ft lbs on 500 pounds will snap your head nicely. Between Suzuki's base bike and Dale Walker's countless Dyno hours developing Stage 1 and 2 kits, this is a helluva bike - really smooth, really fast off the line, linear power, and comfortable. But it's another big
bike in my garage, and it does have its faults - suspension and weight to name a couple.
I'd love to have something that's "opposite" of the Wing. I can't think of anything more opposite than a ZX10R. I've never had a bike remotely close to having a first gear capable of 80 MPH. For some reason, I've just never gone out and bought one. So, maybe this is a mid-life thing. But I love to try out new bikes, and you only live once right? And I'm not getting any younger. I've owned just about every other type of bike. I think it's time to give sport a turn, and experience it for myself. A test ride is needed, soon.