Thanks guys. It really wasn't all that hard. Just the set up with all the masking was a P.I.T.A! The real trick is to have the same distance from the surface so you don't get any texture at all. It's thick, but you can still see the machine marks in the original finish. I used the matte black from dipyourcar.com and it matches the OEM black almost perfectly. It's actually so close in color you cannot tell a difference unless you are like 6 inches away. I also did the passenger pegs while I was at it. The 2 things I HATE on my bikes are gold and/or chrome/bare aluminum colors.definitely looks nice. Definitely an option for me in the future.
Not even close! Even when the R1 was stock there's still no comparison. The FZ has torque, but the R1 is VIOLENT when it gets to about 8,000 rpms all the way to the 13,750 limiter. Comparing 115 hp to 182hp is night and day! I love the FZ, but feel more comfortable on the R1 because I know it so well. In a 60mph roll the R1 would annihilate the FZ. The FZ is a wheelie monster yes, but it's very controllable. The R1 will 12 o'clock on you in a heartbeat when it hits 10k if you let it. And it'll go from forward acceleration to standing straight up in a blink of an eye. Even though the displacement relatively is close, comparing a liter bike to what is technically a commuter bike is not fair comparison at all.In terms of raw acceleration, how does the 09 compare to the R1?