Admittedly, the Z isn't perfect. Its most notable flaw is debilitating vibration, as in my hands fall asleep before I get to work. The seat-to-peg distance is a little cramped for my 6-foot-1 frame, the seat foam wears thin and the suspension beats me into submission over Hell A's concrete freeways. But worst of all is its Transformers styling: I love Sci-Fi (my dogs are named Mulder and Scully), but this thing looks like the unholy offspring of Optimus Prime and a Decepticon. That futuristic-origami bodywork; those ray-gun mufflers; and whose idea was it to make the passenger seat white to match the Brand X gas tank? I've never painted a long-term testbike before (well, not without crashing it), but this might be the first. I just can't decide which color: burnt-orange Z1, lime-green Eddie Lawson Replica or red like my old GPz?