I may go older, or I may wait till the new 03 is out and check it out. The '03 some people say, is smaller. Which would be good for me. Not smaller in seat height, but in size. It also will be the fastest, lightest, most powerfull 600 in the class. I odn't want it mainly cause of that. But because it looks cool, and it's a bike! lol. The ergos on kawi's, yes, I have sat on them, are the best out there. I wouldn't see why they wouldn't want to keep the ergos comfy still as well. I dunno about any of you but the new kawi is sexier than a yamaha. Alot of the guys on the kawi's in the pictures must be tall. They make the bike look like a midget! I hope that is the case because I am only 5'6" I know I can get on them comfortably, but I still wish I could be a lil taller. Maybe boots will help me out on this one? I do plan on full leathers. Soo many to choose from it gets irritating. To alpinestars, or to dainese, that is the question. I dunno. I am looking at teknics new violator jacket. but I want a full suit. So I may go for their lightning one or two piece depending if black is available for the 2 piece. Sidi race boots, here I come. I know what it is like to not have perfect feet. I was born with clubbed feet and about 6 months later had surgery on them. I want the best boots I can get to protect my feet. And sidi seems to be the "breakfast of champions". Shoei's maybe heavy, but not anymore. According to shoei their new x-11 helmet is the lightest, most breathing friendly, and comfortable. I dunno about noise. I would love to get on an open freeway someday, or a deserted road that goes for miles and run the bike to it's ends. Only, with no cars in my way! I don't wanna die! Plus, I really want a new bike. It may cost me alot but I will be able to do it.