Meh - I'm happy with my 919. It looks like a bike should - you can see the engine and the bodywork does not look like a piece of origami. A set of slip-ons or a bafflectomy gives it some personality. The handling is just fine for spirited road use - IMO if you are going fast enough to upset it then you should be off the public roads and on a track.
When parked up next to newer and often exotic bikes at my favourite haunt I am often surprised at the number of positive comments I get about my bike.