Aside from a total lack of weather protection, the Z1000 is your friend: much smoother in cruise mode than the '08 Z1000 we tested. More feedback would be nice, but steering is light. That centralized mass makes left/right transitions easy, even in the rain. Throttle response is a bit abrupt above idle, but mercifully smooth from there. Usable power starts at 2000 rpm, building methodically to 5500 or so-perfect in the wet-before the proceedings begin to speed up at 6000 rpm. Cue up 7000 rpm on a rare stretch of dry pavement and the 9600-rpm power peak arrives right now, leaving just enough time to ease off and squeeze the brakes, which are linear and predictable if a bit short on initial bite. Springs are a little soft for the extra-large set, but fine for almost everyone else. The ride gets a bit harsh over really rough pavement. The fact that nobody tipped over after 160 miles of this stuff in monsoon conditions tells you everything you need to know about the Dunlop D210s' wet grip: It's superb. We'll tell you more after a few hundred miles on dry pavement, but if there's a Z1000-sized hole in your garage, don't fill it with anything else just yet.