While the YCC-T electronic throttle's imprecise response and underwhelming power below 6000 rpm are disappointing, all is forgiven when the tach strikes 7000. Thrust is stunning all the way to 12,500 rpm, at which point the 155-horse herd arrives at that phat 190/50 rear tire. The chassis is sensitive to setup; get it right and the suspension delivers an effective mix of compliance and wheel control. The R1 feels big if you aren't, but those over 6 feet tall appreciate such roomy accommodations. Steering is pleasantly light for a 461-pound package. That's 10 lbs. lighter than an '07 Suzuki GSX-R1000, incidentally. The new caliper/rotor combination provides abundant feel, along with a reassuring amount of initial bite. The R1 got around Thunderhill Raceway quicker than anything else in our "Class of '07" comparison.