Decided I did not like the idea of paying the insurance company a 250% premium for a "race bike". Did some research and found that there were a couple of choices where manufacturers made effectively the same bike without plastic and the insurance guys called them "sport touring" or "standards" and cut the insurance by a huge margin.
The Z1000 and the FZ-1 were the two that peaked my interest, and let's be honest, Kawasaki did a way better job with the styling.
Found a good deal on a buddy's friend's bike with next to no kms on it, and voila!
$149/year insurance and a litre bike with some pretty spectacular handling between my lets. Win/Win.
ď Engineering is the art of modelling materials we do not wholly understand, into shapes we cannot precisely analyse so as to withstand forces we cannot properly assess, in such a way that the public has no reason to suspect the extent of our ignorance." - Dr. AR Dykes