I've been thinking it's time to hang up the helmet for awhile now as I've had very little interest in riding. I MAY have burned two tankfulls in the VFR last year. About two years ago I got my old Nighthawk back, made her road worthy, and rode it last summer. I briefly got the riding feeling back and rode her all last summer, but the small flame flickered out. I put her on CL in November of all months and it was unbeliveably sold inside 24 hours. I went and looked at the new CB1100 Deluxe and liked it but the high price and lack of desire let me walk. This past February I saw an ad for the new retro Kawasaki Z900RS. Hmmm interesting I thought but I didn't persue it. Mid March while driving past a bike shop I decided to stop in. They had both colors, burgandy/orange like the original Z1 and black, in stock. The black metallic version really tripped my trigger. I went home and scoured the internet reading every article I could about it. Aimed directly at the retro CB1100 it handily beat it in every aspect. All the testers loved it except a few you could tell were die hard crotch rocket types. Since my hair on fire, knee dragging type riding days are past I looked past those. March 28th I bought the black one and I am happy riding once more. As far as I'm concerned Kawasaki hit a home run with this bike. She has freight train torque, with power seemingly everywhere in the rpm range. It's got ABS brakes, traction control, fuel gauge, temp gauge, and even a gear indicator. I love the old school look, this bike just screams ME!!!! Today I rode the ole VFR, likely for the last time, just to make sure I'm ready to sell it, and I am. She's been a great steed but it just isn't me anymore. Tomorrow I'll be turning the tag in, near 18 years to the day I brought her home. She has lots of (s)miles and love left to give. She'll make her owner very happy for many years. With a tear in my eye, I sadly say Goodbye old gal.