For those who have read my previous threads months ago, I’ve been critical of the changes Yamaha has done to the new 2006 model. I remember someone calling it a slippers and pipe bike. And I still agree. And some of you who have your manhood still in tact who feel the same way have spoken out as well. After looking closely at the new offers available this year, KAWzx14, BMW KS1200, and… I’ve come to realize that Yamaha was on the right path with the introduction of its sport tour FJR in 2003. For this I commend Yamaha for the balls to produce a machine with style, touring comfort, handling and speed. Yamaha stepped up to the plate and ignored the tendency to offer a café race style ¼ mile take all machine. Instead Yamaha initially seemed to focus on the excitement of have a sport bike with the capability of long distance touring in mind. Imagine riding 600 to +800 mile days and have the ability to run the canyon trails with the best of them - Outstanding. But somewhere over the years thereafter the Yamaha engineers put on this extra weight, brake gizmo’s, clutch less, swing arm extended features etc… Oh ya thank you for fixing the heat but the weight to power ratio just got worse. Quite frankly this is missing the mark. I’m thankful for Yamaha taking the lead 2001 -2003 and hope market share data and feedback has the result of re-focusing their attention back to the customer base they began to build and hence having the balls again to go after the BIG potential market of the “sport/tourer” with emphasis on “SPORT”. Yamaha – you’re the only one who can do it. The others still don’t get it.