Wife made me a happy man this week by saying maybe I should buy myself the bike I have been talking about for over a year. So went to dealer and test rode the MT09. I was pretty devo...... The bike I have read about for so long was a disappointment. I couldn't believe how much confidence you lose with that suspension. Throttle was a little snatchy but you get used to it. It made me feel like a learner again as simple round about turns and bumpy sweeping corners were unnerving. So all those people who defend an MT09 I am sorry to say but it's not that good. I think if you are a shorter rider or are under 70kg then it's not too bad. So got back and told the wife the bike is shit. Then I said before we go let me test drive an xsr900. Maaaate, what a difference. The bike is higher and the suspension is that much more sorted. Still softer than my gixxer but much better tuned for my 84kg 6ft frame. So put a deposit down after a bit of negotiation and will pick it up next week. Was never into retro bikes but it will grow on me. Got the silver one. See you guys out there if you ever see me on the old road or around Syd, say hello. Still keeping the 600 for the odd track day. Xsr is too pretty.