Okay, first ride (looks very good - solid, confidence inspriing, fun) and price - 10k base, 12.2k ABS. That's 1k more for the base, but the ABS premium dropped from 3k on last year's model to 2,200 this year. That's still high, but better than last year. ABS on the F650GS is only $500, and I don't understand why the sensors, pumps and a control unit cost 4.4 times as much on the RR, as for the GS.
Anyway, my local dealer discounts a little, so the R-R is still in the running for me. I would need a windshield, but then it would make a pretty good all-arounder, light tourer for me.
The FJR-1300 interests me, as would the replacement for the ST-1100; but Rider speculates the FJR could be as high as 14k if it makes it to the US at all, and the X-Wing probably won't be that low, with a V-6, and who knows what other tricks.
So the competition is looking like the Bandit S for $7,400, the FZ-1 for $8,500, the Hornet 900/929 for ? (maybe $8,500?), the R1150R for $9,990. That's a pretty good lineup. I'd like to see the ZRX-1200S join for party, for maybe $8,300.
PS - thanks for the good, quick writeup. The Rider that came yesterday said look to the July issue for info on these two bikes.