They aren't reliable enough for me at this point. I would not hesitate to own a 990, but the 1290 just has too many problems.
The 1290 is a powerhouse. I've never felt a bike was too much power for what I wanted or needed, so the 1290 was on my short list last winter.
Here's what I looked at:
I learned a number of 1290's were having an issue with rear wheel hub end play, to the point of being dangerous.
Beyond price alone, the 1290 is also kind of quirky; it resets the electronics back to default every time you shut it off.
For me the BMW S1000R was next in line, but I'm old and couldn't quite wrap my head around the electronic suspension. But cruise control & a quick shifter were awesome features.
The Tuono was out based solely on fuel range, if I was less of a commuter that bike wins for me.
At the risk of being flamed here (my opinion only), I didn't feel the Triumph Speed Triple was worth the price over a 919. It was better at everything, but not far enough ahead of the trusty 919 to separate with $12 grand.
the FZ-09 was a little down on power compared to what else is out there and the suspension is sub-par at best.
The Honda CB1000R wasn't enough bike to get me to part with the 919.
In the end I purchased a Ducati Monster 1200S. It is very fast but not the track equal of some of the above. It has Ohlins suspension that is so solid, I am in love with the handling. I'm very happy with it, though only about 2,000 miles on the odometer.