This is my first BMW, and I reckon it's one of the best bikes I've ever owned in 24 years. The Vmax was more manic, the Armstrong was cheaper, the SV was lighter, the 1200 Bandit was faster, lighter, more manic AND cheaper, but has a chain! Everything on the R1150R is good quality. It doesn't corrode, (unlike Ducatis), it doesn't give up the ghost at a whiff of moisture, (unlike Ducatis) it's good for touring, and I can scratch on it because it actually lasts longer than 50 miles before breaking down, (unlike Ducatis)! The engine has plenty of character and torque, sending it to speeds high enough for everyday use by mortals. I've never used it on a track, I doubt it would be well suited to that. I have used it for a 3000mile one-week-long trip in October to France, Andorra and Spain. The BMW luggage is excellent, the ABS brakes are outstanding, the reliability is fantastic, and the servicing is so easy I do it all. The only niggle, and it is only nitpicking, is the rear suspension. I have it set almost fully hard for normal riding otherwise it wallows. It can still cope with pillion and luggage though. It's comfy, handles very well, never gets left behind. And it still looks like a new bike, even after 30k miles. Mine had a Y-piece on the exhaust, but I've removed it and refitted the cat. It's smoother and runs better. The heated grips and charging/accessory point are bonuses. Ignore what the bike press say about the weight, if you know how to ride, this bike really excels at slow speed manouevres and town riding, while devouring distances like any BMW. It doesn't feel heavy at all. I'd rate it 9.99/10. The only criticism is the rear suspension. That's just a personal thing. Plus BMW back up is great, really professional. What more do you want from a bike?