When considering a new bike, I really thought the Ducati Panigale 899 was the answer to all of my questions- with it's light weight, drive modes, adjustable ABS & TC- what more could I want? At 50, I just could NOT get comfortable, and, the heat coming off it was unbearable at speeds under 50- the search was on!
Although, Hooligan & nakeds were not on my list, I couldn't rule them out, either. After 8 bikes, including the new Yamaha FZ-09, nothing was even close to the '14 Street Triple 675 R ABS! At 400 Lbs, incredibly flickable, with a connection between rider and bike that's hard to describe with mere words. Awesome acceleration, with brakes that can warp time & space- just think it- and, it's done! Comfortable ergos with only a slight tilt forward, allows long days in the saddle without aching wrists or overly numb hands.
Downsides: the wheelie monster is gone, and, there is no place to put a stick of gum on it! But, turn the key, and, any grumblings disappear with a flick of the wrist. The bike just begs you to go faster- I certainly found that my limits had expanded greatly!
Quiet & tractable around town, but, a scary good twisty machine on the back roads- it exhibits surgical instrument precision when ridden hard.
Personally, I couldn't subject anyone to the pillion, as it was more like punishment than a pleasure, so, I removed the rear foot pegs and installed a Lithium Iron battery to drop a few more Lbs- fitting on this bike!
I did install many Triumph accessories (expensive, but, good quality) as well as a tank bag, so I could carry 'stuff' & 'things'. Now, it's perfect in every way, wracking up miles faster than any prior bike owned! The '13+ bikes are a touch more refined, about 13 Lbs lighter, have a tighter turning radius and get 50 miles/ gallon (vs. 38 mpg for '08-'12's). But, the long 1st gear makes wheelies a clutch & rev action, rather than the front just p- small price for so much. Also, all years have excellent reliability-get whatever you prefer, and, know that you may just have the best bike ever made! So good in every way that electronic controls are not needed or wanted. Pure perfection.