Not sure if its been put out there already but how about a "Road Test Review" page by members NOT from the press? Anyway what leads me to this are a couple of test rides I have just done. First off I thought I would venture into unknown territory as I search for a new bike. BMW are making some very good bikes regardless of any stigma attached to the badge. I plumbed for a S1000r, admittedly not the prettiest of naked bikes but not a complete eye sore. I took the sport version that has every conceivable tech button possible, including cruise control (on a naked bike?), an option and heated grips (actually like that idea), standard. The dash is clear and functional, modes are easy to switch through. Bars are high and very straight and the dash is set so far forward of the bars I personally found it a bit odd...like having a car dashboard effect! I also felt the looking at the bike from the cockpit gave it the appearance of an unfinished bike. Almost like the fairing clipped off and this is what would be left. Engine note was good even with standard exhaust, started in rain mode which cuts the power and throttle response while pushing up the TC and ABS levels. It was the hottest day of the year so I soon switched to road followed by sport. Power delivery is almost perfect, smooth and instant, so instant in fact that it is genuinely stunning. 160bhp delivered like a sports bike in naked form, incredible, the standard quick shifter was impressively smooth making rapid gear changes and silly speed in seconds. All the trickery worked well, non of it intrusive at all. It felt stable, suspension can be altered Soft, Normal, Hard, I kept it in Normal thanks to our quality british roads. I did find even in normal it could be a little hard over some pretty poor surfaces. Wind protection is minimal with the standard screen but again it wasn't a chore cutting along the M53 to get a feel for the ride on motorways. It wasn't uncomfortable either, arms, wrists, knees, back all good during an 3 hour test. The down side, and I was surprised by this, vibrations through the bars and pegs. Shockingly bad, I found it to be a deal killer for me, it was that bad. After market rear sets may help, or maybe it needed running in? I have heard people say things like this settle down once ran in but at over £11k I don't want to risk that. I also found the clutch lever was set at an downward angle and this was uncomfortable on my admittedly girly size handle, wasn't the reach but the the awkward angle. Overall it's an incredible bike, stunningly fast with brilliant power delivery. Finish was not as high as I expected. + outright super bike power in a naked ~ vibrations and finish I have never seen a brand new bike with a crappy, rusty chain before and for a dealer to allow a demo bike out like that makes me wonder what else they miss in the workshop!! I have removed this from my list of of replacement bike, but it is still an impressive beast for smashing sports bikes on B roads or on the track. I personally need something a little more flexible.