I’ve had my 58 plate MT for about a month now, so posting my thoughts as I found some of the other reviews on here helpful, but there were a couple of things about the bike I've noticed weren't mentioned.
Firstly, as others say, this bike isn't best suited for the motorway. It'll do it, but the lack of fairing, relatively lightweight chassis and low gearing mean that motorway riding is not its forte. My daily commute is all London-based, so this was not a major issue for me.
Whilst the MT is best suited for town riding, don't, however, expect smooth filtering like you’d get with a straight four. The characteristics of its big single cylinder engine push you to drive it hard, hammering around the outside of traffic and slamming on the brakes at the lights!
In fact, driving the MT smoothly at slow speeds is nigh-on impossible as it surges quite noticeably when doing less than 30mph – a characteristic that, from browsing multiple forums, appears to affect all bikes that this injected big single is used in and for which there is no conclusive fix.
Handling is good, but, because of the surging, low speed cornering takes some getting used to, with extra clutch control needed. There's no ABS option though and, with all of the weight at the front of the bike, the rear wheel locks up VERY easily. Think this is made slightly more prominent as the brake pedal is a bit of stretch if you have big feet, which probably means I’m stamping on it a little harder than I would normally. However, if you need to stop in a hurry, I’d advise using the front brake for about 95% of your efforts!
Economy wise, I’ve been getting around 50mpg from town driving, but insurance is a bit more expensive than other group 10-11 mid-range bikes. Not having a fuel gauge is a bit annoying, but there is a low fuel light + a couple of trips so, once you know how much you can get out of a tank, it's easy to monitor roughly how many miles you've got left until you need to fill up.
Discounting the above idiosyncrasies, this bike has so far actually been a lot of fun to ride. It looks good, feels solid and the raucous stock exhaust is load enough for other motorists to notice you and get out the way (although a louder aftermarket Mivv system is on my wish list). Whilst a bit clonky, the gear change is solid too – I liken it in feel to a big Tonka toy – and a lot better than the ratchety one on a 59 plate XJ6 I did my DAS on where you practically had to sprain your leg to get from 1st to 2nd!
Although, on paper, this bike’s short on bhp, the low gearing coupled with decent torque make its power very accessible. With a redline of around the 8k mark, 1st gear is slightly short, but acceleration is still good up to about 70mph.
Overall, this is a great bike if you’re planning on fast town and A/B road driving. If you’re more of a slow speed filterer or do lots of motorway driving, I’d recommend going for something with a straight four cylinder engine.