Time for a quick comparo. My old toy, vs my new toy.\n\nI really need to decide which one to keep (or if I can justify keeping the\npair of them).\n\nSo, I took the ZXR for a blatt through the park on Sunday. Unfortunately,\nthe rain spoiled my fun, but here are some quick thoughts (a lot of which\nare a bit obvious anyway).\n\nThe ZX10 is a lot torquier. It pulls a lot harder low down. Up high though,\nthe power difference isn't very pronounced, and with the lower weight, the\nZXR is probably just as quick in a straight line, if a bit more work.\n\nTo get the most enjoyment out of the ZX10 you need to sit above about 5500\nrpm, on the ZXR you need to sit about about 8000 rpm.\n\nThe ZXR is MUCH quicker around corners. Corners that I do at about 70 on the\nZX10 can be done at around 100 on the ZXR. The ZXR is a lot more flighty\nonce the surface becomes a bit rough though. Through some of the rough\ncorners in the park the ZX10 is significantly quicker simply due to the fact\nthat it ignores the bumps, while the ZXR really lets you know they are\nthere.\n\nThe ZXR pounds your bum a lot. After 1.5 hours in the saddle I had a sore\nbum. As a comparo, I rode home from Goulburn on the ZX10 the other day via\nas many backroads as I could pack in. (All up about 4 hours.) After that, I\nwas't sore at all. That having been said, the ZX10 does have a sheepskin, so\nI'd be interested to see how much difference a sheepskin would make to the\nZXR.\n\nI don't like Bridgestone tires anymore. I think I'm going to switch to\nPirrelli. The ZXR is currently fitted with BT012s, and they have a similar\nturn in as the BT020s I used to have on the ZX10. Adjusting the suspension\ntuned some of it out, but I think tyres with a different profile will make a\nbig difference.\n\nThe ZX10 is slower, but feels faster. Every corner I took on the ZXR felt\nlike I was going pretty slowly. Then I'd look down at the speedo and go "oh\nshit - I hope there's not a cop around the bend!". To feel as fast as the\nZX10 feels, the ZXR had to actually go a good 50% faster. This is both a\ngood thing and a bad thing. (Good in that it means that you can go a lot\nharder - would be tops at the track, but bad in that to feel fast on the\nroad you need to really risk losing your license.)\n\nThe brakes on the ZXR are VERY good for their day, the ZX10 brakes, however,\na not so good. The ZXR stops sooooooooo much harder than the ZX10. I was\nbraking at the same point, and being at the speed I wanted to be at in\naround 2/3 of the distance the ZX10 took. The sports compound tires probably\nhelp a bit with that, too though. As I didn't manage to lock up the front on\nthe ZXR, but on the ZX10 I could easily get the front end to the limit of\nits grip (to the point where it would chatter along, as the tire and the\nbrakes fought for supremacy).\n\nNow I want to take them both to the track to do a comparo out there.\n\nAs for what to do with the bikes, I have a few options.\n\nKeep just the ZX10, sell the ZXR and the Z1R.\nKeep the ZX10 for touring and commuting, and convert the ZXR to a track\nbike. Sell the Z1R.\nKeep the Z1R for touring only. Use the ZXR for commuting and track days.\nSell the ZX10.\nOr, the best, but least financially sensible option. KEEP THEM ALL!!!