In the real world all you need is a 600. This bike is my second GSXR1000. It is the same as my first. Too fast, too much fun, and too expensive to insure. It is more comfortable than the other manufacturers 1000cc bikes. I have ridden it 950 miles in one day. All that ached were my shoulder joints and right wrist. The gas mileage is good, around 43 mpg at a cruising speed of around 80 mph. The handling is good, especially compared to an old sport bike. The suspension if firm, but compliant. Stock settings pretty much do the job. The engine is what keeps me owning one. The acceleration is just nuts. I have ridden the 954, R1 and ZX9r. They don't compare when it comes to the feel of acceleration. They may not be much slower on paper, but for acceleration feel they lag behind. The downside to the power is that you really can't use it. There is too much, but then again all the 1000's have too much. What use is all that power if you cannot use it? If you want a more practical bike, get a bandit. Rode that bike too, nice bike. But doesn't have the poser quality that most people who ride sport bikes want, myself included. The finish quality is poor. If you want good quality finish, get a Honda. The lacquer on the tank is fading after only 1200 miles, from the friction of my jeans. The black paint chips easily also. When I first bought the bike the front suspension was garbage. A fork fluid change cured that. The so called fluid from the factory was like treacle, and caused the problem. Chains have to be cleaned and lubed regularly. Rear tires are finished at about 4 to 5000 miles. Front tire on my 2002 squared off and had to be replaced at 5000 miles. Probably due to too much straight line riding. Rode my 1000 at Deals Gap. If you want to know what your 1000 will do, take it there or somewhere similar. The bike was in its element, and when you ride it on such roads you know what Suzuki intended this bike to be. A few times I screwed up, but the bike just shrugged it off. The bike wheelies easily, even on the power in 3rd at 80 mph. Doesn't wiggle or weave when it comes down at that speed. Very solid. On cold days you have to watch the throttle control. It will spin the rear tire easily. Changing the oil is fairly easy. So is other basic maintenance. There is no such thing as a boring ride on this bike. How can it be boring when you have to concentrate all the time on not giving it too much gas. If you are into sedate riding or don't have experience or confidence in your riding ability, don't buy this bike. It is not the type of bike to buy as your first bike, because it would take too long to learn to ride with any skill. Sure there are people who buy them as first bikes, and tell the world that they are easy to ride and how well they are doing. I have been riding a lot of years, I race, and I can tell you they are wrong. This is not a bike for the inexperienced. Those people should buy a 600. It is all you need in the real world. They handle great and 150 mph is not slow. They are also cheaper to run on a daily basis. To finish. I love this bike.