The Pits said:
Getting back on the ZZR1400 was interesting. For the first time ever it felt slightly less than the most mental thing I've ever ridden. It's certainly less flighty and you don't worry about unwanted wheelies and the like, overall it's a calmer type of mental. Still foookin' bananas though and handles very sweetly for a big bike. I thought it would feel bloated and wallowy. Not actually.
It's a hugely better allround bike than the 10r. But it's a bit like the nice dependable wife material versus some mad torrid affair with a stripper. I love the ZZR but I want the 10!
Thats a very good observation and one I went thru a couple of years ago, I went from a tweaked (173RWHP ) GSX-R1000 back to another Hayabusa, whilst the Busa had similar power to the GSXR, the longer wheelbase and (approx 50 kilos, wet) extra weight, loneger gearing all help damp out "unwanted" wheelies and as you say, the bigger bike is much , much less flighty. The power delivery is also more linear and again, less dramatic, no peaks or troughs and masses of torque.
Depending on your view and riding style/mood, this is either a plus or a minus.
After having had the GSXR, whilst I love the Busa, it is quite undramatic to ride, maxing it out isnt hard in any gear, given the room, which is why I had to have another more sporting bike as well, my GSX-R750 , with around 50BHP less, is a more exciting bike to ride, most of the time on more of the roads I ride on.
As for the Blade doing so well at the TT, I think they says more about the level of riders they have had of recent and effort Honda put into it Vs the other manufacturers.
I dont dount Mr McGuiness would do the honours on either a GSXR/ZX10 or BMW, given the same level of reliability.