Hey John !
That's definitely one of the main perks of getting into a forum early, and you can be called one of the forum "vets"
What other bikes have you looked at ?
Always wanted to be know as one of the originals on a internet forum. Couldn't let the change go by.
For ages I've been looking for a lightweight comfortable sport
-tourer but nothing has really fired me up enough to part with my money. Had reduced the short list down to either a Ninja 1000, or GSX-S1000F. But to be honest I couldn't pull the trigger because neither grabbed me enough looks wise. I expect to be able to go to the garage everyday and go .... wow!
At the Phillip Island MotoGP MV Agusta had a stand and their 800 adventure bike caught my eye. Looks great and so the 'lets go Italian' idea started. Then pragmatism took over (Japanese reliability) and I though about specking up a Yamaha Tracer. But by the time you've thrown $3000 worth on new suspension under it, it ends up close enough price wise to the MV.
I've always loved the look of the Panigales but just way to aggressive riding position to ever be considered. Then someone sent me a link to the new SS .... and it was WOW, just what I've been looking for. When they are released all I've got to do is sit on it, and if its comfortable ......
P.S. I wonder how many post I have to make to be the first above a 'junior member'