I've never been very loyal to only one brand, Ive had Yamahas, Kawasakis, Triumphs, tried CB919, BMWs, 2-strokes, 4-strokes, single piston, inline fours, twin paralleles, inline 3s. If I could afford it I'd probably have about 10 bikes from Adventure models to super sport, from many brands, parked in my garage. This being said, until you actually try a Speed Triple you can't understand why it often comes out on top in comparisons. Yes british tend to love their bikes more then anything else, but Im not british so I don't care if it's japanese or british. The sound, the character, the power delivery, the handling, its simply BRILLIANT. Yes some naked bikes are more powerful, faster, but it doesnt mean they are better!
I've read so many posts in forums of people that never tried it and had a GSXR or CBRS and once they had tried it, they just couldnt beleive how fun the Speedy was. Find a dealer to try it out, and then let us know what you think.