Actually it is dark purple (mica), I have not seen one up close yet, but it certainly looked black and was written up as black. I think the mica is a good color as well. The 2002 12 has a ton of changes that seem to make it a better all around bike with some possible reduction in top speed, but that has not been proven yet. 2001 and up are restricted but that can be fixed easily. I don't have any information on the top speed ability of the 2002 yet with the restriction removed.
The way I see it "if you don't have the skills, throw money at it" I actually really like the raw acceleration it is truly incredible to ride. With my Akrapovic I dyno'd at 178.5HP but I have since added a Dynojet PCIIIR to allow me to remap the fuel and timing to take advantage of the pipe. I also have some other mods coming that should make even more power. My goal is 200+mph without touching the internals.
It should be fun, unless I get caught during the test runs. :mad
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