Picked up my 1260S Touring in white on Friday morning. Have only done 100 miles but thought I'd share my initial findings, much of which you probably have already have read about, The display - big improvement, both in terms of readability and also the user interface. I never had a problem with the old screen but the new one is noticeably clearer. The interface is much more representative of a modern bike and not so much an 8-bit games console. Animated sequences on things like gear changes, display options, etc, is a nice touch. Heated grips - a very noticeable improvement. On Friday it was +3c when I picked up my 1260. Once I got going I actually felt the need to lower the power to medium as my hands started to get a bit clammy inside my Dainese Scout Evo gloves. My hands were toasty, whereas the old DVT when it was approaching 0 degrees C you struggled to be able to tell if they were even on. Gearbox - The quickshift is a little quirky compared to others I've used. If you leave your toe at the end of the upshift position for any period of time the ECU will see it as another shift and will cut the throttle briefly - data from the load cell isn't being processed after the change has happened, so the system can't tell whether your toe has gone back to where it was before the gear change happened, so timing of the shift sequence is partly down to you. Don't be lazy with your toe when shifting up and it's fine. The throttle cut timing is also hugely generous, resulting in a bit of a lurch during changes with a wider throttle opening. Whether this timing is something that gets better with higher revs we'll find out after the break-in period. Whilst this might sound like a criticism lets not forget that a lot of quick shifters need you to be working the engine above the first 1/3 of the rev range before they will work properly, but the 1260's QS works right off the bottom end at any revs. By comparison, on my MT10SP I tend to only use the QS when getting on the gas in the mid-range because it just doesn't play well below 4K rpm whereas the 1260's works pretty much everywhere. Aside from needing some slightly positive toe pressure there is nothing much to say about the auto-blipper because it is otherwise sublime. It's just effortless downshifts at any revs, exactly as it should be. Very happy with the system and an obvious plus over having nothing previously. I'm having a small issue with finding neutral when stationary. If I roll to stop I can find neutral with the clutch in and still moving, but once I stop I'm just going 1-2-1-2-1-2-1-2-1-2-1-turn-off-engine-N. It's a bit like it's overfilled with oil, and looking at the level on the oil spy-glass it looks like it just might be. I'll report back on this. Engine - Simply put, this is how the '15 DVT should have been out of the box. Even after a continual release of new ECU code for the '15 DVT the low-down drive had seen some improvement but it's still not a patch on the 1260. The 1260 is just much more flexible even from just below 2K RPM and you will no longer get caught out in the wrong gear. Obviously, don't just grab a fistful at bugger-all revs because it will still feel a bit lumpy, but you don't have to nanny the throttle either - just ride and use the throttle normally and it behaves really well in the region between 1500 and 3K RPM, and upto 6K RPM its got much more drive and even very slight throttle adjustments translate really directly to forward momentum without being jerky. The old DVT I always felt I needed to make much more positive efforts to progress quickly - dropping a gear and whacking the throttle wide open, always thinking it was only able to deliver "just enough" to qualify as quick unless you felt like revving it right out, where it absolutely was quick, but that’s not where you spend 90% of your time when riding. Throughout the range permitted during the 1260's break-in (the period of which there is a virtual limiter in play) it feels like the engine is much more eager to spin - it’s a fair bit more lively. As a bit of a side issue, I often had the feeling with my old DVT that the starter motor wasn't well matched to the compression of the old 1200. When you thumbed the starter button it would turn over until it started to get near TDC and begin to stall until a spark lit the charge and fired it into life - which admittedly it did, very reliably. The 1260's lump just spins like a jap four on the starter. Probably just a better spec starter motor and beefier electrics in general to provide the appropriate amps to turn it over more confidently. I know this means nothing to performance but it adds to the overall impression of a much more sorted power-plant. On the '15 DVT they improved the various throttle maps in the different modes on some of the ECU re-flashes, but I still felt the need to set my "Touring" mode to use the full-power and most aggressive setting. The 1260's un-tweaked "Touring" mode feels even better than that. Loads of drive and a much improved response, yet completely civilised. I won't be tweaking the "Touring" mode but I probably will bump up the engine setting in "Urban" mode, just because. Handling - Well if they've softened the rake then I can't feel it in the areas where I thought I would. It still tips in easy on the initial turn-in on low speed corners. It all feels so familiar but high speed handling is noticeably more planted. Essentially, they've got this aspect completely spot on. You often read about geometry changes and shudder at the thought of the subtle tweaking having the effect of making the handling quirky or just ruined, but this isn't. It's just another very subtle improvement. All up it's a whole raft of small changes, as has been reported in many places - maybe with the exception of the engine because to describe it as such would be to downplay it. Some of the differences are more nuanced, but within just the engine department those small differences add up to put a much wider smile on your face than that previous gen. The pure "twist'n'go at any revs" capability, which should be a factor on any litre-plus bike, is back and it's damned good. I'm also noticing some improvements on fixtures and fittings. After 3 winters on the old DVT I know exactly where the weak points are in terms of corrosion on bolt-heads, etc. There are a few sets of bolts in obvious spots where there has clearly been an up-tick in quality. For example, wheel clamp bolts and those securing the pillion footrests appear to have more substantial finishes rather than just being left plain. We'll have a better idea over the last of these winter weeks but there does appear to have been some consideration that an all-can-do bike needs to be able to do it in all conditions, all year round. So on reflection - having acquired the 1260S Touring without even test riding it, purely on the back of a couple of press reviews that confirmed that the new bike hasn't been ruined at least - am I happy that I've changed from my perfectly good '15 DVT? Actually, I am, and much more than I thought I would. It is all small changes but collectively I believe that they are more significant than the sum of their parts. For anyone wondering whether to change then it is an obviously better bike, in no small part because of the new engine. The journo's might all be saying that it's just a small update, but I doubt that any of them have lived with the previous bike for nearly 17,000 miles in 2 years and then ridden the '15 DVT and 1260 back-to-back. I could now have a bit of a conundrum. I have two bikes in my garage, the Multi 1260S and an MT-10SP. The bike I previously took out of the garage reflected my mood or the requirement at the time. The '15 DVT would be the bike I'd take if I was just going to work, doing longer distances and touring, lugging some stuff around, etc, and the MT-10SP for when I just wanted to go out for a slightly more lively experience. I've got a distinct feeling that when the 1260S is broken in then that’s going to change. I don't think it's ever going to be as much of a hooligan as the Yam but the gap is surely going to be a narrower, but then it might just be that I've got "new bike syndrome". Only time will tell.