This is a dream machine. It's this generation's bandit, or the new VFR. It's a giant killer. It get's all the attention down the pub from bikers and the uninitiated alike. It's quick, it's smooth, it's light, it's comfortable (for me being 16 stone and 6'3'' and my mate who is 10 stone and 5'8''), it looks great, it costs peanuts, it sounds fabulous...the list goes on.
I recently bought a brand new 2013MY STR and I had heard so many people bang on about it and even a few say "best bike ever". I was sceptical. I am no longer. It does everything and more that you could ask of it. I've outrun 1000cc bikes in a drag race on it (albeit courtesy of the dirt cheap £260 quick shifter), and it can make ground through the twisties because it's just so nimble, light and flickable and the chassis / brakes / suspension are faultless. It's not intimidating to ride, the bars are fantastic and give supreme control.
It's a rare thing that will put a grin on an experienced face and thrill a new rider without making them shit their pants. It has plenty of rivals but none as cool, or half as capable.