I'm still trying to figure out just where in S. Florida anyone is going to use the top speed of either bike. So, a CBR is what, 15mph faster than the GSXR? What difference does it make on public roads? Does he desire to be frog marched to jail instead of merely handcuffed? Is that it?
He needs Burger Barn proof he's got an ass kickin bike. How else can he impress the locals if he doesn't have a "Shootout Winner"? Why would anyone choose either of those 2 for an urban assault machine?
How about a Ducati Monster? They seem to be designed as "city bikes" that look cool and are easy to ride in traffic (the air-cooled ones). My S4R is a bit extreme for riding around town, but a 620, 800, or 1000 air-cooled Monster might be just the ticket.
What was wrong with the FZ1? Seems like that would have been a pretty good choice. Lots of power, handling that's more than equal to the demands of the local roads. Livable ergos. Why a full on race rep instead of that?
I THOUGHT I KNEW EVERYTHING 'BOUT HOZ AND BAD -AZZ MOTORCYCLEZ, BUT YOU ROCK! CAN YOU COME AND SIT BY MY TANK AND READ OUT LOUD FROM "STREET BIKE" MAGAZINE FOR ME?
HOW BAD WAZ YOUR ACCIDENT? THEY SAY I WON'T GET A NEW DONOR BODY UNTIL 2012! I WUZ WHEELING MY GSXR1000 BETWEEN TWO GRAVEL TRUKZ WHEN ONE OF THEM CHANGED LANEZ AND I WOKE UP AS A DISEMBODIED BRAIN IN THIS TANK AT THE MAYO CLINIC.
YOU DIDN'T BRIBE THE OFFICE MANAGER AND GET PUT IN LINE FOR A DONOR BODY IN FRONT OF ME, DID YOU? IF SO, HOOK A BROTHER UP AND GET ME IN GOOD WITH HER!
If you don't have twisty roads to ride on you should get an old Cadillac. You'll blend in well with other Florida residents and you can run into things without worry. The slow laid-back ride is perfect for making things such as a trip to the grocery store an all day affair. You can hold up traffic and leave your left-hand blinker on for miles. Yes sir, if you're looking for distinction and cool, look no further.
Heat is definitely a big thing. I have a ZX-7r in SoCal and that thing in stop-n-go around town will get real hot (fan will come on often). My friend with his Ducati Monster 800 seems to have no problem, though.
I have one word for you: Tuono. I'm biased of course, but I LOVE mine! All the performance of my old tricked out RC51, none of the discomfort. The upright seating position and mirrors that actually work makes lane changes, scanning for popo, etc. much easier, too.