I am jealous. Tell us more. I want a full ride report. Please
It won't do the bike justice, but here you go...
The looks: Oh my, this bike is hot! The lines on the bike are super aggressive. Everything from the oversized tank to the headlight make this bike like nothing I've seen on the roads, esp. around here. I looked at the black R version, as well as the all black base model (The model ridden and talked about below). Some of the plastic looks borderline cheap, but damn it looks good on this bike. The base model still sports a ton of high quality parts, especially the fully-adjustable suspension.
The feel: This is where I about lost it. The bike feels like an extremely comfortable supermoto bike rather than a supersport. It's a more upright seating position with plenty of leg room, which I like. Leaning side to side even while standing still is effortless. The bars are nice and wide, not too high and not too low.
As soon as I started the bike I knew I was in for a treat. It had a nice low rumble that sounded great when twisting the throttle a few times. I like to play with the clutch a little whenever I get on a new bike, just to get a feel for when it starts engaging. Even letting out the clutch with no throttle, this bike wants to pull! The dealer was located on a busy highway, so I had no excuse not to give it a little gas right off and see how it goes. The throttle response was like nothing I've ridden. The bike is so torquey and well put together that at first even hitting small bumps in the road caused my hand to move ever so slightly, a feeling that did not go unnoticed by the throttle. The bike felt unbelievably light and effortless to turn. The suspension was much firmer than I'm used to, again a very good thing. It ate up the road and was truly confidence-inspiring. The brakes were incredibly responsive and made my stock 599 feel like it couldn't hardly come to a stop after!
The one negative was that it was a breezy day, and getting up to highway speeds (80 to 95) meant getting blown around a little. Well worth it though.
I can't say enough about the ride. I never thought I'd feel like this about a bike. Granted it's a huge upgrade from my 599, but if I can swing it I may try to step up into this bike within the next 6 months.
The next bikes on my list to ride: Aprilia Tuono, Shiver, and Dorsoduro, as well as a Speed Triple. Oh, and the KTM Duke and 690 SMC. I want them all...