Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Sacramento, CA USA 96814
I don't mind the styling of the 06/07 gsxr's, but what I don't like about them is the ergonomics. I'm 6'-0" and 190 lbs, and I just feel cramped on them. The 1000 feels a tad better. If I were to get another sportbike today, I'd probably look at an R1 or a 1000RR.
The CBR is actually fairly comfy to me, as sportbikes go. I don't feel compelled to go to a 1K just to be bigger and better (I think 750's are the perfect sportbike) but that's not an option with either a Honda or Yamaha.
The bottom line is you need some experience sitting on and riding these things to make the best choice - some bikes fit and work better for certain people than others. Mechanically, they are all very similar and share common components like forks and brakes, so it's tough to say one make is "better" than the others.
As far as first bikes though, that is a subject that is covered and debated a lot, and you should read a lot of the threads regarding it if it is your first. If you do start with something smaller and used to get some experience, you will be ahead of the game when you do get your first sportbike, and you will have a better idea what you should be looking for.