I've had all the hi-powered bikes I want. My 4 month old 919 is more fun, easier to ride and lets me use more of the bikes capability without scaring the crap out of myself than any bike I have ever had. Thought I might miss the wind protection of the faired sportbikes but instead found the bliss of a quiet, turbulance free helmet area. Where a sportbike is only fun at 70+ mph, the 919 is fun at lower speeds too, safer with less chance of getting tickets. Living here in the central texas hill country the cops, deer, buzzards, wild turkeys and other hazards are on the increase making it wise to tone it down a notch.