From smiling so hard... I've had my 109 for 5 weeks and have put over 2000 miles on her. I went riding with a friend today who has a Yamaha R1. We took some back roads and I had a blast scraping my pegs in the twisties. I really got on it a couple times on the straights just to show him how much power it had even at highway speed. After this, we did some cruising through town just to look good for a while. We stopped at a local cycle shop to shoot the sheet for a few minutes and to take a rest. We got onto the subject of the power in the 109. Conversations ultimately led to me saying I bet I could take him off the line for maybe an 8th of a mile or so before he could catch me. He quickly disagreed saying there was no way I would take him off the line, especially with his new sprocket or gear in that makes it lightning off the line. I really wasn't sure, but I had a feeling he would have trouble keeping the nose on the ground so I said, "Well, I would be interested in testing it out if you want." Anyway, we left the shop and made it through a couple lights before one went red with us up front and straight road ahead so I asked him if he wanted to give it a go. He said, "Sure." Now mind you, I have never just dumped the clutch on this bike before. I haven't even spun the rear tire yet. Usually when I really take off from a light, I wait until I'm rolling and the clutch is out before I gun the throttle. I guess I was just worried about not knowing how the bike would handle. Well, the light changed quicker than I expected, so I had no time to try and figure out how I was gonna launch this beast. I just simultaneously hit the throttle, dumped the clutch, and held on... Oh My God! This thing is awesome! I felt the rear get a little squirly as the tire immediately broke traction and spun for about 20 feet. A little counter steer kept things going straight. It was over as soon as it started... I took her to 7000 RPM each gear, and never even made it to 4th. I just backed off when I hit close to 100 (in a 45 zone...). When he caught up with me at the next light, all he could say was, "Damn! You kicked my a$$." I gotta say, I couldn't stop grinning. We went to the next light where it was the same story. He had trouble keeping his front wheel down, and I again left a 20 foot black line in the road. I guess I need to work on not breaking traction if I want to keep winning. Man this bike is awesome.