I just bought a 03 Silver R1. This bike is unreal. Very easy to
ride, great feel, very flickable and the comfort is more than
what I thought it would be. I ride mostly open straight roads
and it eats them up. Probably not the best bike for hard core
curves, but for open road it's outstanding. Don't waste your
money on another 600cc. Go for the liter bike. You deserve it.
It's not the fastest bike out there, but it will hold it's own with
no problem. I think it's the best looking liter bike anyone has
to offer of the big four. I don't understand why you don't like
the looks of it. Did you have a bad experience with Yamaha
at one time? Anyway it's your choice to make. I made the
choice of the 03 R1 and did not make the wrong choice IMO.
All the bikes have ups and downs. Get what you want.