I first learned to ride a bike on a 06 cbr1000rr my buddy had, took my riding exam on it to get my license, and he died on it the day before i bought my bike. I still haven't bought one, but the 06-07 cbr rides like a dream and i am currently looking for one. I'm not too big of a fan of the newer styles ever since they did away with the tail exhausts and got the shorty pipe. But either way that's going to be my recommendation. i NEVER recommend GSXRs of any sort (especially hayabusas) as none of them ride worth a damn. I've ridden basically every variation of sport bike possible except duc's and the only thing that comes close to how the CBR1000 rides is the R-1 IMO.