I've had a 2006 Gixxer 1000 for about one week now. It's a silver/black version. I don't have many good photos yet but here's couple I took in my garage right after I got it:
I'm still breaking it in (have to keep it under 6500 rpm) but it still keeps up with traffic just fine
I appreciate that the can is strange but it sounds GREAT! I was so impressed and, personally, I'll never replace it. Actually, over time, the can grows on you... really.... you can trust me! It fairly quiet around 5K tooling around town and then it's quite loud over 5K... but not just "loud," it sounds "good."
I have the smallest, strangest complaint about the 2006, maybe earlier ones, too, I dunno. The kick stand is pretty minimal and it doesn't set forward enough so if you move the bike foward at all, it easy for the kick stand to pop back up into place. A friend sitting on the bike almost dropped it and I could see why as it happened right in front of me. Again, small complaint.
I have a 05 Ducati Monster, which is not a slow motorcycle, but the Gixxer is the most exhilerating one I've ever owned, and I've had a lot of fast motorcycles over the years. IMHO, it's every bit as good as the reviews say and the hype surrounding this motorcycle... even at a limit of 6500K, it's blindingly fast. Spectacular brakes and of course it handles as well (maybe better?) than my Ducati.