If I had not been diagnosed with Hodgkins Disease earlier this year, I would already own a new R. My question stems to those that already have one. I have been a sport bike rider all my life--raced a few of those years. I currently own a TL1000R. Best bike I have owned yet. Getting to my Q, I have never liked shaft drive--hate the "lift" it produces. How does the 109R feel during take off? Does it still have that "lift"? That would be my only hold up on getting one later this year--after I have spent my life savings fighting this disease.