Took one of these puppys for a bit of a run today, I've had my eye on one, as far as a 2nd bike for 2-up longer distance work for the past 6 months (since the motobike mag's started raving about their performance and comfort).
Firstly, let me say as far as comfort goes they have it spot on, a little more aggressive compared to the Versys for sure, but still not as pushed forward as a lot of Sports Tourers I've tried and with none of the associated back and wrist twinges that I get after a bit of time in the saddle. (clip on style bars, make it highly ajustable too)
The screen is truely awesome i had it in its uppermost position for the majority of my ride and it gave a steady stream of air into my helmet with no buffeting at all to speak of. and no pressure at all on the chest.
It took a bit of getting used to the extra weight of the SX/Ninja, I found myself having to think a bit more about getting the bike down into corners, however the front end seemed very well planted in all of the assorted road conditions we went through.
Now for the thing that i think kills me to say, but as much as I love the performance of the motor it seems to have a resonant frequency around 5.5k rpm and up that sends a tingly vibe up through your nether parts that drove me bonkers. It has oodles of pulling power and is very Linear in its delivery from 1500rpm and up. But i just cant get away from the feeling that with the vibe, semingly in the sweet spot of the power delivery, its would annoy me no end.
Am i being too fussy to expect no vibes? should i get a gel pad or something?....OR A 1400 Connie? I'm going to take the wife to the shop on Saturday to see if she finds it comfortable on the back of it, and perhaps go for another spin.