Thanx for the input guys. I live in a small texas towns so we are kind of short on big parking lots, or other sport bikes, but we do have plenty of long streight back roads. they arent as good, as there are often spots with gravel (especially that really light kind that you cannot see).
As for being comfortable on the bike, welp i am most of the time. There are still corners that scare me, especially ones that are wet or have some gravel on them, or ones with elevation changes when i havent been on them before. I am sure you guys know what i am talking about, get in a corner, good lean angle, nice balance, then it tightens up on you abit, and you get scared and back of the throttle, throw the balance all to hell, and think to yourself, i could have just leaned farther...
I started working on power wheelies, as i am told they are abit easier on my bike. I can get the front to come up every 3rd try or so, but it ussually scares me when it comes up, so i drop it back down instead of shifting. All that in first, I cant get it to do anything in second, even thou i would feel much better about it then.
Not having much luck with stoppies, i've been taking it to about 40-50 preload the front brake untill i feel the weight transfer then gradually press harder and harder. sometimes i can feel the back getting really light, like its lifting off but just barely, but ussually the fron tire just locks up and i am forced to ease off the brake or surf some asphalt. The thing that scares me with stoppies is that there is no rear brake to save my ass.
None of this is made easier by having a somewhat longer wheelbase bike (03' kaw z1000), While i know its capable of doing most of the common tricks, I am told it doesnt ballance as well as say a gixxer, and takes abit more to bring it up. But I know that others have done it and so can I.
Speaking of bike, what sort of protection do i need to get for it? I just got it the way i like it (read: lots of carbon) and would like to minimize the damage for when i mess up. I hope that shoei, teknic and joe rocket have got what it takes to keep me together, but the bike doesnt even have sliders on it right now. I would really like to get a crash cage for it, but cant find one to fit it. Frame sliders just dont seem like they would do enough, i mean they might save the engine part, but will do nothing for the front cowl or the tail.