How lucky we are to have a bike that weighs 417 pounds full of gas. My first new Yamaha was a 1983 XS650 and it weighed 650 pounds. After a bad crash in 1999 I bought a Goldwing to slow me down 904 pounds. My first 100 Hp bike was a 1997 Bandit 1200 530 pounds. In 2003 I got a Z1000 only 460 pounds relatively light but no FZ. I had a good friend that had his own bike shop and when I pulled in on the Bandit he said " What are you doing on that thing? It's a whale! ". His idea that light weight was more important than big power has stuck with me and probably had a lot to do with picking the FZ09. Thanks Chuck rest in peace buddy.