My first bike was an 1984 Honda XL250 dirt bike which i got to learn to ride on and commute to work. There wasn't that much dirt riding done on this as i was much more into road bikes thanks to my big brother who had just got the new Honda Fireblade(the R1 of its day). I rebuilt the engine once with the help of my dad. In the years i owned this bike i put about 20,000km or more on it. Here's my queensland blue heeler sitting on it for a pic. She used to meet me at the gate when i'd get home from work and by the time i had pushed my way through the gate she'd jump up on the seat in front of me and i'd take her on a couple of laps of the backyard. She loved to ride with me. RIP Kelly.
Here's both bikes, it was hard to pay the rego, insurances and tyre costs so one had to go. It was an easy choice. The R1 beat the zx-9 hands down.
Even from these photos you can see that the R1 was a much smaller bike. The zx-9 was much more comfortable and had better protection in wet weather but the R1 was much more fun and inspiring to ride especially when you got to the twisties.
Here's an action pic of me in Tasmania...