I'm so tired of hearing about how heavy the ZX-12R is, and how you'll all have to compromise performance because of the weight...and from all people, the ZX-9R riders. The 9R has been blasted for being overweight when compared to the other literbikes, yet still enjoys excellent sales and loyal customers. The ZX-9R is a great streetbike, and so is the ZX-12R. I have had no trouble hustling my 12 through twisty roads, and the power is something to be experienced. I used to own a Hayabusa and traded it in for a 12 because I feel the 12 handles better. Although it's only about 7 lbs lighter than the Hayabusa, it feels more like 50 lbs. The ZX-12R is magical at hiding it's weight once you roll away. Oh, and it's nice finally having a bike that not every squid has riding around town.