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© 2005 Brian F. Schreurs
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I was going to buy a McLaren F1, but decided to get the ZZR instead and save the $990,000 for accessories.
I love my current stable of motorcycles, don't get me wrong, but there comes a time in every man's life when he lusts after a scooter that can comfortably carry two, with full hardbags, and still stomp all over just about anything on wheels. I'd try to describe what it's like having a power-to-weight ratio of 5.3 (about the same as a Ferrari Enzo, but with less inertia), but it defies description beyond happy-sounding baby babble. I'm thinking of putting a plate on it that says "WARP 5" but I'm not sure I really want to be such obvious cop bait.

You may be thinking this is some kind of sportbike. Not so (at least, let's not discuss top speed with the insurance folks, OK?). No, this is a sport touring bike, designed to carry two people and luggage relatively comfortably, but not so comfortably that it's not fun anymore. I like this shot so much that I resized it as desktop wallpaper.

That grinning idiot would be me picking up my very first new motorcycle, then shortly thereafter nearly getting run over on it.

Yes, you read that right... 1.3 miles. Oh wait, you were looking at the 180-mph speedometer? That's just for looks, officer.

The lighting arrangement on the front and rear have "character". I like the distinctive look; others are less enamored. Screw 'em anyway.

Me again, after figuring out how to ride off without stalling.

This is, after all, a sport-touring machine, and the fitted GIVI luggage assists with the second half of its mission.

Another view with luggage in place. The framework is a bit on the clunky side, so that'll have to go, to be replaced with a quick-disconnect system.

Gen-Mar handlebar risers give a little extra lift to the handlebars for those of us who aren't 19 anymore. They match the factory look so well, you may not even see 'em in this shot.

Yes, I take my own tires to the shop when it's time to change them.