Can someone please explain what i'm missing here? I live in NJ, we (generally) don't have the wide open roads that some the of the Cali riders here write about. Even so, There are some roads we can get our Busa up to speed on. Which brings up my first point of confusion. Actual speed. I know a number of people have gotten a GPS and used that to clock their top speed on a strech of road or over a days ride, but how long are you people rding this fast. I've don't think i've ever done better than 145 (indicated), but I couldn't keep it up for more than 10 miles or so, I'd run out of road or just plain get tired of trying to think at hyper speed and not kill myself. Are you guys running at these speeds for extended periods of time or just in "spurts?" Which takes me to the second part of my confusion. I use my '02 Silver/Silver as my commuter, I get a mix of traffic and open road but I still avg about 30-31 mpg. I read about people getting 35-50 mpg here? Are all you guys coasting downhill? When i crack the throttle on my ride I can HEAR the fuel getting sucked out of the tank (ok...a slight exageration). How can you guys be getting this kind of mileage? [point of clarification I use the term 'guys' to describe all members of this board, not to be gender exclusive or insensitive ] OK...I just got my ride in May, I've only got 3k on it. Someone please tell me that as I ride it more the gas mileage gets better? Or maybe someone is gonna fill me in on the Jedi mind trick they use to not exhaust themselves (mentally) when riding at high speeds? Speaking of high speeds, If i shred one more t-shirt or choke myself on a jacket that is being pulled off of my body by the wind I'm gonna scream. Am I the only one having these kinds of issues?! Does everything always work out for everyone but me? I polished my rims..they looked ok for about an hour. Then i washed the bike. Apparently whatever i did accelerated teh aluminum oxidation process...I came back outside and they had turned black and looked all funky. I had to start all over. Does no one else go through this?!How in the world do you polish a swingarm while it's still on the bike? I dunno..but I'm gonna try, no one mentioned any difficulties they had. I'm sitting here feeling like I'm special 'cause everything I try turns into some kind of challenge between me and my diety! I can't even get the 'clickable smiles' to work! Arghh!