Like anyone with a pulse and a sportbike in the garage, they've absorbed months of corporate posturing and general effluvium about the 2004 CBR1000RR, ZX-10R, GSX-R1000 and YZF-R1. The flagrantly unscientific yet potentially enlightening idea was to give three riders, each with different skills and expectations, some laps on each bike to see what happened. The enlightenment level dropped slightly when a minor crash sidelined the ZX-10R for most of the day, limiting seat time for our intrepid trio. To further derail the popular misconception that testing is one big high-speed bacchanal with really sticky tires, we ran everyone through the Kevin Wing twilight photo gauntlet. They left with big, goofy, sunburned grins anyway, and drastically altered opinions on the best way to put 150-plus horsepower in a 400-something-pound package.