I might think about trading my 10 on one of the new Aprilias but that thing is a boat, no, make that ship anchor.
I ride with a couple guys now and then that have those and when they are parked next to my 10 they make my 10 look like a 250.
Back in London you could pick up a Mille for £6999 and I had a choice between that and a previous year model '06 ZX10R for £7000 with Akras. I always loooooooooooved the Aprilia but after smoking them consistantly off the lights with my '05 ZX6R I started to re-evaluate...and sinse they just aren't as "exotic" in London and the performance is waaaaaaaaay below a Jap4 I have to say I passed on the Mille!!!
In North America maybe the exotic factor can compensate for the lack of performance, and yes the looks are sexy but I also loved the 2nd gen with the Akras.
Yeah good looking bike, but ducati's and aprilla's are pricey bikes. I agree they make are 3rd gen zx10 look small. I ride a lot and most people that see my bike thinks its a 600 LOL. I usually let them find out the hard way which means checking out one sexy ass freaking tail and tail light haha
New RSV4 may be up there with a 10R but it has suffered a lot in the looks department with its nasty stubby tail, sloppy looking swing arm and frame and mangled looking front end and lights, compared of course with the previous gorgeous Mille. And that new exhaust is the only thing uglier than the stock 3rd gen ZX10!!!!! And at the time I thought that would be impossible! The 09 twin Gixxer pipes came close but the RSV4 took that cake!
The bike that brings it all together...stunning looks, exotic porn, and kick ass performance with a price tag to reflect your sweet paying job...well thats the MV Agusta F4 1000....if you wanna blow cash....get the Senna addition...more expensive than even the Desmo!