Hey bro! Actually, I don't blame my Katana problems on my weight and size. And honestly, I'm not using all the performance potential my bike has to offer. But I really like the way a 180 looks out back, and I really got tired of being smoked BAD off the line by a buddy's new ZX-6R.
Now, he certainly spent more and spends more for his bike, so I'm not surprised or anything, just dissappointed.
I think one of the main reasons a person buys a bike, (wether they will admit to it or not) is to look cool.
I get lots of compliments on my bike by NON-cyclists, and that's really nice. I, however am an asshole and say, "Nah, this is bottom of the food chain material."
I just rode the bike from Pueblo, CO to Albequerquey with no problems (other than my arse still hurts).
I could use a few more mph on top, but I'd hardly ever need them. 110mph is max stable speed.
A wider rear tire is mostly for looks, because there is no eminent danger of me dragging a knee this week. I am however gaining more confidence in turns, and enjoy hangin' a cheek off when I can.
I guess I've heard a lot of bashing, and since there's a few things I don't care for on my bike, I decided to join in. Take it for what it's worth. I still don't like my Katana that much, and can't wait to trade it in.
Even if I got a brand new 996, I'd probably bitch about something. That's how I am, never happy with what I got.
If you dig what you got, you're in good shape. I envy you.