Once into the twisties, though, a glossy orange shine returns to the Z1000. Suspension action is controlled during aggressive cornering or braking maneuvers, steering is light, immediate and feedback-intensive, and the bike's 9R-sourced brakes are crisp, powerful and easy to use--though the rear could be a touch less grabby. You never get the feeling you're aboard a large, heavy, cumbersome or softly suspended machine; the feeling of riding a small, taut, powerful, well-mannered, highly confidence-inspiring and tossable sportbike never goes away. The superb riding position only heightens the experience. A few testers felt the bike's fat, 190-spec rear tire--which looks so good when the bike is sitting still--negatively affected steering manners when leaned way over, though this was the extent of any backroad bitching.