I saw one at the CycleWorld show, spinning around on the carousel but I didn't get to sit on one and fully check it out until today. It's very nice, looks really put together, fit and finish is excellent, the quality looked better than Honda's stuff in the past. Maybe that is just me
but the bike looked and felt solid. All this stuff about the radical ergos weren't true. Not for me anyways, I'm 6'2" and the riding position felt nice. The rearsets/footpegs felt natural, and I could tell the bars were lower, after sitting back to back with a 954rr, but it felt good enough, and better than BDA's love ('04 R1). As we've all read, there is 0 room in the tail, zilch. A wallet would fit on the right, a cellphone (small one) on the left, and nothing more. Throw a PCIIIr
back there, and whatever other box (Speedo recal., tail integrator, etc) and it's done completely. The dash is really sweet, the levers were too high (not uncommon until you adjust them to your liking), seat is better than the 954rr, softer. What else? One of the hoses on the bottom of the bike is routed through the right side lower, not underneath. Maybe this dealership just jacked that up
Idle adjustment is on the left instead of the right.... Bike looks and feels tiny, steering damper looks bulky, screen needs to be a little higher, radiator is massive, the fenderectomy looks real easy to do, and the rear resevoir is kind of trick. Overall I was really impressed, the bike feels nice perched on top of it. From what I've read, I expected sort of a rack, the seat to bars worked for me. To me, the quality is what I remember. The bike really looks well put together, the mirrors are kind of a new design at the base also. Quality product.
I talked to the owner, kind of know the guy already, he wanted me to buy it, but I wasn't going to pay MSRP + $800 freight/setup + TTL. I said "I'm not a sucker and you know that." This is the same guy that thought I was bullshitting when i gave them the invoice on it, until he checked it himself
He said "I've sold everyone R1 for that" , I told him to call me when the suckers are done spending their money and he laughed. Someone needs to give us a ride report
If you are buying one, I don't think you'll be disappointed, it's a very sweet machine. And oh yeah, that grey lower, you don't even think about it, it looks sweet in person, it's a small bike.