yeah, I hear ya about that seat. I saw recently that Motor Cyclist Magazine did a comparo on the four big bikes of 2002. The Honda tied for second with the R1 and of course the GSXR prevailed as usual. They did complain about the seat but loved how you could swing it side to side so easily and the power. I have never ridden one but it does sound like a bad bike.
I still am partial to the R1, though.......the silver bullet baby