I've only owned this bike for a week now, but it's turning out to be the best I've owned for quite while. The spec sheet suggests this bike should be slow and boring, but the reality is quite different. Sure there's now top end rush and not a lot of performance above the legal maximum but this bike really excels up to 70mph. Very smooth power delivery and one of the few bikes I've owned happy to run a half throttle. It doesn't constantly encourage you to ride faster, like many bikes these days, quite happy and fun to ride at 60mph and gets there very quickly and with little fuss - there's a lot of pull at lower revs. My previous bike was a V-strom 650 and the NC is smoother, as powerful lowdown, has a much better gearbox and the brakes are great too. Comfortwise it could be better, the seat is pretty hard, slippery and slopes forward too much. The bike lacks any wind protection obviously, so this is no long distance tourer. Build quality looks good and fuel consumption is amazing (70mpg+ thrashed). The NC hadnles very well too, no problems at any speed, although the rear shock seems a bit budget when pushed. I went for the S model, being tall I found the X just too upright for me and the seat/peg distance is about the same on both models. The S is also £500 cheaper and to me at least a lot better looking than the X (don't like the beak). Allround very happy!