Ok, I have read a number of threads with regards to this topic, but I have another question. I've been riding for about 6 years, started on a cruiser that did nothing for me, then found true enjoyment on a ST3 which I've had for a few years, but want something sportier. I'm now looking to maybe do some track days and take my riding experience to the next level. For this task I'm looking at either a ss1000ds or an '06 999. My question is which will give me more "confidence" both on the track, and in twisties. Don't get me wrong, I have no intention of riding beyond my skill level, but would like a bike to allow me to start, learn, and grow with, but not out-grow anytime soon. I will probably be doing more weekend riding on local twisties than on the track, maybe 80/20, at least to start. Both are "comfortable" to sit on, but unfortunately do not have the opportunity to test ride either.