The more time I spend on the FZ-09, and the more bikes I ride that are meant to "compete" with it, the more I'm amazed by what Yamaha has done. A bike costing around $8,000 should not look or work this well. I give credit to Suzuki for recognizing what Yamaha had done and wanting to challenge its position in the category, but just looking and sitting on the bike you can see where Suzuki missed the mark. The GSX-S is noticeably heavier as you balance it between your legs, and fit and finish is just not what it is on the Yamaha, with Suzuki very clearly relying on cost-effective components almost throughout. Sure, the suspension is better, but that hardly makes up for what the Yamaha offers in terms of steering quickness, styling, and, most importantly, fun factor.