Overall this bike has all the real world rideability that you could ever want/need. Sporty seated position but comfortable (similar to VFR), real power and torque. Ok, it's not a sport bike and does weigh a fair chunk, but on the road it all helps. Love the ESA, love the heated grips, BM alarm is easy to use. BM panniers are a clever bit of design, didn't like them at first but after a couple of trips I found that the hard shell/flexible size is a real bonus. Strengths: Brakes - awesome power. Engine very smooth, injection is much better than orignal pre-producation demo models of late 04. Shaft drive. ESA is great. Handling. Quality, quality, quality! Makes Jap' bikes look poorly finished, but then they are cheaper! Weaknesses: Gearbox, 1-3 very clunky, although dropping the height of the lever around 10mm from the factory setting makes a huge difference. Probably the shaft drive adding extra weight to the system. Decrease play of rear brake (from factory setting) to get real power from it. £12K new with ESA, ABS, Heated grips, alarm and panniers - but it is worth it.