For daily commuting and play, the speed triple is hard to beat.
While it doesn't have the peak HP of the I-4s, it does have a lot of mid-range grunt.
The newer speed triples had chassis tweaks to put more weight on the front.
I wouldn't mind having one, but they don't have an actual front fairing similar to the FZ1 for instance. That does add more comfort on freeway commutes.
The 916/996/998 are sexy looking, but are a lot more maintenance intensive.
S2R 1000 Monster also a bit maintenance heavy with the engine.
The '05-'06 is considered the best model Gixxer 1000.
Very lightweight, lots of power, and still had great mid-range.
These models also had occaisional frame crack problems which was corrected by Suzuki.
The Tuono has a very nice torquey Rotax twin and handles great.
However, some Tuonos had problems with the regulator/rectifier overheating. Ditto for the RSV.
RC51. Not much more to say. Torquey, reliable, etc. Not to comfy for commuting, and fuel mileage not too great.
No KTM dealers in my area. So never ridden one.
Although I'd love to try a Superduke or RC8/R
Last edited by SubSailor; 06-02-2011 at 04:58 PM.