Phadreus, thanks for the post. After only a few miles I can say that this bike is drastically different from my 2006. My previous bike was an 06 1000RR and I feel that the riding position has changed for the better. Compared to my 06 which I will say is the girl next door the 08 feels like you are riding a supermodel. The bike is narrower than a ZX-6R that I rode at a Keith Code School with handling that is razor sharp. The blacked out rearsets and passenger pegs complete the look and I will be replacing the clutch and brake levers soon to eliminate the originals. Lastly, the gauge cluster is pretty trick, while holding the select button and turning the ignition on your first option is to set the shift light for desired rpm and then you can set the type of light you want on blinking or constant to your tastes. I will deliver more once I have more seat time.