The best-handling and most responsive bike I've ever had, plus Honda build quality
The alternator (generator) burnt out (twice) at 35,000 and 56,000 miles: Had it rewired.
The handling/steering is ultra-quick; as a result it can shake the bars under acceleration on a bumpy surface, but experienced riders do not need a steering damper (the bike is telling you to lighten off the throttle, just a bit).
The braking is powerful, but progressive and with good feel.
Although not as powerful as its competitors, or more modern large sports bikes, the power is good all through the rev range and, because it is so manageable, can be used more effectively to make up any shortfall. The on/off throttle response is not the problem that journalists make it out to be; a few hours riding is enough to tune yourself into it: after that the instant response is a plus.
For a large sports bike the comfort is very good, it can be ridden all-day (over 500 miles), then the next day! The riding position is more upright and comfortable than its competitors.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd February, 2008