One of the most difficult things to get right when developing an all-new sportbikeespecially one designed to get around a racetrack more quickly than its competitionis its suspension settings. Get 'em too taut and, while the bike may work fine on a smooth circuit, its ride is likely to be jarring and harsh on-road. Leave 'em too compliant and the bike loses the high-speed, hard-braking chassis composure it needs to cut quick laps. All of which means the Honda development folks, both here and in Japan, deserve big-time kudos for their work on the CBR1000RR's legs. Honestly, I've not ridden an open-class sportbike that combines such bolted-to-the-road stability and composure with this level of daily ride compliance. Class-leading horsepower and the bike's truckload of MotoGP technology just sweeten the deal. Yeah, yeah, it's 20-some pounds heavier than the GSX-R1000and, most likely, the new YZF-R1 and ZX-10R. But I don't care. It's a streetbike, and if power-to-weight were all that were important, we'd all be riding Y2K Turbine bikes. If your ego demands you only be seen riding the lightest open-classer of 2004, you'll miss out on one of the neatest sportbike experiences since the mighty CB750 first arrived on U.S. soil.