Fuel metering is quite good, and though flattening the torque curve for sport-touring duty reins horsepower output to about 100 horses at 9000 rpm, our testbike covered the quarter-mile in 11.67 sec. at 113.7 mph and hit 141 mph at the top of fifth gear. That's quicker and faster than Honda's ST1100, but well behind the 10.31 sec./135.7 mph logged by Kawasaki's 175-mph ZX-11. But the Yamaha is much smoother, even while flirting with triple digits. Led by a single six-piston caliper squeezing a ventilated 330mm front rotor, ABS-assisted brakes were the class of the class. Range is a bit short: A 5.3-gallon tankful lasts about 215 freeway miles.