Just like practically every other streetbike junkie who has been paying attention these last couple of decades, I lust over original Eddie Lawson Replica Kawasakis. Like '79/'80 Honda CBXs or Suzuki GS1000s, ELRs are, for me, the classic sporting motorcycle. So I'm riding into work the other day, and as I park the ZX-9R in the garage I see a lime-green ELR parked alongside the rest of the Motorcyclist/Sport Rider test bikes. I walk over for a better look, certain I'll be wowed. I am-but as I scan the thing I notice an also-green ZRX1100 parked nearby. And after a minute or two, I end up admitting to myself that, sure as hell, the ZRX looks pretty dang good in comparison. It's no ELR, and it's probably never going to be worth 15 grand (OK, maybe in 100 years), but with nearly 100 rear-wheel horsepower, a thoroughly classic look, all the refinement of a late-'90s Japanese motorcycle and about three times the functional competency of the ELR, it's one of the few real keepers of this decade. I could own one of these.