It has some appeal, but I do not like the side view very much. And, as someone mentioned, mods may be limited with this design. I also think that the purpose and target audiance of these bikes are different. The R1 and Suzuki 1000 will go head to head. The Busa, XX, and ZX 12 are in a slightly different class. Yes there is overlap, but they are different.
If you really want to know what these bikes can do take them to the track and then on a 500 mile tour and compare performance and comfort. That is the best overall gage. For you non track riders how do you measure performance or is it just about the numbers?
For you non track riders how do you measure performance or is it just about the numbers?[/QUOTE]
Well, duh, you start by buying magazines, then you call your friends and meet up at the local Starbucks. Then you proceed to talk for hours on a perfect riding day, sipping $50 worth of coffee. Then you sell your bike three months later with 200 miles on it and order next year's model.
Doesn't even come close to the look of the Busa...all personal taste, I know...but I'm one of the few that picked a Busa after not knowing anything about bullet bikes, basing my decision solely on the way the bike looks!
Well, hearing about you guys brag all the time about the Busa helped too...
No regrets...all other bikes look kind of small and insignificant now!