Ok, Ive had mine for 2 weeks now and can report that the bike is superb. Firstly, I bought mine pre-registered and after 2 weeks of feining disinterest and haggling, ended up with a new bike (red/white) with 360 Honda heated grips, Honda hugger, tankpad, free 600mile service for £5400! Without a doubt, the hugger provides not only an important functional role, but also balances the look of the bike.
As an engineer I was firstly struck by the quality throughout bike, and was therefore equally disappointed with the design oversight that leaves a small gap between the tank and side panel, but I wont let this minor point spoil my pleasure. And the budget-imposed Hornet mirror lugs have already been sufficiently scorned elsewhere.
From the first press of the start button the engine runs with the smoothness of an electric motor. The engine is a perfect balance of restraint and responsiveness for commuting (below 5K) and brutal power for whoohoo smiles above this. The seemingly perfect balanced weight and engine control makes dawdling along in traffic a synch, and its honestly as docile, easy and controllable as riding a bicycle.
But then you open the throttle and at 3K the exhaust starts to sing, just a little, but builds gradually to an adrenaline pumping sound that WILL make you want to go faster. Ahh the temptation to dance with the devil, this bike is not for those with poor self control. But however you ride, 50+ mpg is easily achievable and the on-screen meter will let you know average and instantaneous readings should you need them.
Front brake alone is mediocre (Im told it will improve with miles) but combined back/front use is impressive and confidence inspiring. Suspension and frame are more than adequate to absorb the worst of Britains roads with minimal fuss.
Im 5foot 8 and find the riding position fine, but I do wonder if those with longer legs may find the position a little cramped. The standard screen is very comfortable for non-motorway speeds but ducking behind it does provide a comfortable cocoon when needed. A raised screen is on my Xmas list.
What more can I say. Go see it in the showroom - the italian design influence is much more impressive in the flesh. Go sell you mother and buy one, you wont regret it.