i dont know... i think honda went a little too far in the looks department, and not enough in the power/engine compartment. its the opposite effect for me and the z1000. interesting thing is i'd lean more towards the honda as its less than 1000cc in insurance's eyes whereas the z1000 is not. for you older folks this is a moot point but for the younger crowd (those of us that care and live within our means), its big issue. one that steered me to the 919 in the first place. personally though, i'd have to ride both of them before i decided, and run some numbers with the insurance company.
one thing's for sure. 919 resale values havent been great and with the release of the cb100r, the resale value will tank even more.
still undecided on the gauge clusters. i just love the look of the analog gauges on the 919. oldschool! but i love modern stuff too if it looks right. i'll have to see it in person and play with it a bit before deciding on that one.