You don't like the black/white scheme Kawi did in '13 huh? I thought it was a good new look for the 4th gens. The all black 4th gens are pretty sick looking to but never been a huge fan of the Kawi green or the red/black 4th gens.
Came from Belmont huh? Ive been up there a few times and its not a bad place at all. How you liking Watsonville? lol. Bet theres a culture shock for ya. lol.
Thats quite a loop. Just did Quimby. Mt Hamilton and Mines with a quick stop at the Junction this last weekend. Del Puerto is cool when its clean. Have a hard time tank slapping on the Hwys like 1, 880, 101 or any other Hwy. There are some ways to avoid a lot of those Hwys thank god. You sound more patient than myself because cagers on 17 drive me crazy. You commute to work along that route? 5 days doing that route without work included on it would be hard to imagine.
I don't know if you have heard of some of these roads yet but if you haven't you should definitely look them up. Maybe not necessarily for a commute ride but when you are doing a weekend ride.
Old San Jose Rd. (my backyard twisty) to Old Santa Cruz Hwy, Blacks Rd., Skyline, 4 corners for a quick stretch, Alices, down 84 through La Honda, out to Hwy 1 (good little stretch for opening up the throttle). There is a few alternate options for routes at various places i just mentioned but can't remember the road names right now.
I also do a decent amount of track days because the 4th gen ZX10r is a naturally born track monster. One of which i hope to tame in at least a tiny way. lol. Go to Thunderhill, Sonoma Raceway this coming Sunday 2/22/15, Laguna Seca (use stock can to beat noise restrictions) and hopefully this season can get down to Buttonwillow. Don't know if you have ever thought about track days but its a whole different and exciting experience.