From the first time I saw the M109R, I knew this machine was something special. I now have over 1200 miles on my Black 2007 M109R and can't wait to ride it each day. Last weekend I took a short loop through northern Colorado and southern Wyoming, going up extremely steep and winding mountain roads. I couldn't be more pleased with the exceptional handling capabilities of the bike and the power was impressive too. It didn't even breath hard going up steep mountains near the continental divide. I rode 525 miles and got 44 miles per gallon. This is very good considering almost all of the riding was in the mountains. One of the concerns I had before I bought the bike was the handlebar position; however, I was very comfortable for the entire ride.