Cut Minime some slack? I do empathize with his limited time on the machine but it was obviously sufficient time to generate his opinions on several important points:
"Sure this bike has power, but it just felt too sketchy." What does that mean?
"It's still not a very slick-shifting tranny" (compared to what?)
"The vibes are noticeably less than what the R1 tends to dish out and make for a much more enjoyable and buzz-free ride."
(the R1 is notorious for very high vibration levels. Anything "noticeably" less may still be too much for some. I can appreciate that if the words chosen were "the R1 vibe levels are absent on the FZ1 making for a buzz-free ride..." then it would mean something. But how can "noticably less than the R1 co-exist with "buzz-free" in the same sentence, considering the vibe levels on the R1)?
Bladehandler, I asked for clarification several posts up on precisely these issues. Simply that Minime expand on what he's already said in a non-cryptic fashion. Unfortunately to this day my request has not been responded to other than "hey guys, this is not a full test." This response does not excuse journalism that on the one hand DOES offer opinion based on observation, only no one can really tell what the opinion really means. At least this non-professor can't.
Minime could have been far more informative, with fewer words, and with no more time spent on the FZ-1. And I agree with you, that all we expected is for this article to have imparted quality information, as with other excellent MO articles.