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Looking for a New Bike -- Opinions Please

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I'm sure you guys get these all of the time - sorry to add to it.

I'm looking at getting a sport bike. I've been riding for a long time and currently have a Harley Fatboy. Anyway, I'm looking at (in order):

2003 - 2005 Kawasaki KZ-12R Ninja
2004 - 2005 Honda CBR1000RR
2003 - 2005 Yamaha R1

I'll probably get Heli bars for whichever one I get -- I don't want to be all hunched over, etc. (yeah, I'm a wuss). Anyway, I'd welcome all opinions -- pros and cons of each.

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650 -- too small.

Not totally crossing over -- I'm keeping the Harley. I like it way too much. Just want to race around like an idiot sometimes....
It's not my "first" sportbike. I've had sport bikes in the past, but that was several years ago. I've looked at a lot of bikes. Not interested in a sport touring, a generic street bike, etc. Looking specifically at the bikes listed. My friend has a Hayabusa -- nice bike, but I don't care for the looks (or at least I like the ones listed better).

While the performance is about the same (I'm not racing so I don't care if one is slightly faster, etc.), all bikes are different as far as riding position (some have the weight more on the legs that the wrists), reliability, and overall feel.
Oh, and I'm looking a 1000cc and up not because I don't think the 600s have enough power, but because I'm a big guy -- 6' 3", 225lbs, so the 600s just feel very small to me. I don't care for that.
"Roast my Fatboy"? You're kidding right? I think I can RUN faster than my Fatboy. Not exactly a performance bike even with the cam and new carb.
Sure there is -- I don't get tired riding the Fatboy and I can ride farther than I can run (not to mention making the motorcycle noises when I run draws a lot of attention)...
That's okay, I expect to be harassed. I'm sure the Harley guys would give me crap for riding a sportbike.

Thanks for the previous info, by the way...
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