I have a mint 2000 9R. I know the 10R keeps evolving, but can’t beat the liter Gixxer in the rigged AMA Superbike races and the 14 continues to try to smack the Hayabusa. For my money, the 9R is still the bike! 135bhp rear wheel is still hard to beat. If your going the distance it wont beat you up. I live in SoCal and if you want to carve, the 9R does it just fine on Palomar or anywhere. What do you guys think?