it is growing on me. seeing it in person is much better than pics. pipe is still ugly, but not as bad as it looks in pics. it will take getting used to, same as the 03-04 did...i didnt like them at first either.. one mans trash is another mans treasure. some like it, some dont.
damn we cant get away from the "how much" or the " is it ugly or nots" im probly gonna go insane by the time these posts end but i would have to say it is neither of the options on the pole. its a good looking bike but the r1 looks better but the engine in that gsxr is AMAZING IM SURE. Nothing like a gixxer engine and the bike is far from ugly.
Well, I kinda bought my K5 for what it does not so much what it is. After a certain pont in racing and building bikes, I cam to the conclusion that they are tools, like a hammer or in this case a bullet that you can ride. The bike rocks! I have beeen building Hot rod GSXR's since 86.....and to put it simply.....you can't build this. Of course it is a $12,000 hammer but the US government assures me that is quite a bargain.
I think the tail is one of its best attributes (as looks are concerned). I think the headlights and the transformer-like side panels are the biggest detractions. Even the can isn't too bad in person, but if I ever get one I would change it for a Yosh.