I didn't like the front end feel, felt like my head was right over the front wheel, I didn't like it. The look have changed very little in the past 10 years. The liter version owns the AMA races, but it depends on the rider. I was racing a Ducati on some back road one time I was full out on my old 04 R6 and it blow right me, but I would over take him on the corners, he could hand it in the corners, anyone can go in a straight line but you need to know your bike and what it can do, so performance shouldn't be a issue when comparing the R6 and gixxer, so it falls down to looks. The Hayabusa is fattest(same looks as the 600,750,1000 just in fat version) ugliest bike I have seen so far, as you can tell I really don't like Suzuki.