The bike looks too futuristic. I hate the styling. Loved the old R1 look though. Obviously, no liter bike needs more power, but whether or not we want to admit it, it's a great braggin rights to have the big boy on the block. I agree that it's not everything, but it helps. Still the heaviest liter bike, not counting the ZX-9R. I'm sure that it handles like a dream seeing how Yamaha put most of their focus in the chassis. My money is on the new CBR954 for this year. Overall best bike, that is. The Gixxer is probably the HP king still.