In Australia there are fiercly enforced road rules - you just don't ride fast if you want to keep out of jail. So what's the point of a bike this quick? Harley's got it figured with big torque and comfort, not outright speed.
Throw in the upgrades and offer a plane white wrapper so I can paint it myself and I'll be there. It looks pure but that paint and blue wheels gotta go. And yes, I'm 50 something and come from an older school of design. You younger guys can have the edgy graphics.
I'm not sold on the red/white scheme, either. I've seen the silver/charcoal version, too, and that one works better for me.
But I've got to agree with Sean. While powerful bikes can be frustrating to ride close-to-legal speeds, still nothing beats a bike that is responsive and suspended well. And if you want torque, you've got it here.
I rode a cruiser for a little while the other day. Sorry, it just didn't do much for me. Fat, slow turning and imprecise.
Well, it looks like at least Aprilia has addressed what I considered the biggest wart on the old bike the Clorox bottle stuck on the right side. Now it just looks like a Clorox bottle with some black grooves in it. Better, but still pretty fugly.
I test piloted this bike and ended up buying a Monster S4R instead. I just couldnt get on with the riding position (an odd combination of Motocross bars and very rear-set pegs). Im a size 9.5 boot, and my heal was actually resting on the swing arm and I felt like my torso was flapping up in the breeze. IMHO, lower risers and some adjustable rear-sets would go a long way.