Just walked in to PS Ringwood, and after a chat, was offered a test ride straight away. Yep, it did help that I brought my bike, have bought bikes from them before, and am an aquaintance of Steve Chiodo, But the staff didn't know that when they started helping me. I picked today because 1. The weather was fantastic. 2. I had a day off. 3. because I really want one!. Had the M50 for 7 months, 11000 kms so far. Is a great all rounder bike, and was a very good choice last year. But... I love power, more is better, tim the toolman is my hero RR RRR. So I went down to PS Ringwood, and they lent me a M109 for an hour. It was a used bike, with 10,000 km on it, so nice and free. The salesperson came with me, leading the way thru the warrandyte hills. You couldn't ask for a better test ride circuit, little bit of traffic, lots of hills, sweepers, and tight 30kmh corners as well. Unfortunately for my wallet and heart, it was sooo easy to ride, cornered quite ok (my main concern) and almost has enough power. So, what do I do now? Keep saving, or jump straight away and just buy it? Heart says yes. Head says current bike is more than adequate, and new seasons bikes come out in Sept/Oct. Anyone who likes cruisers with attitude should do themselves a favour and score a ride on one of these, they are just that good. The weird headlight fairing does an excellent job, no buffeting at 120kmh (the test ride was over 70kmh roads!), the brakes are a huge improvement over the M50, and everything was where I thought it would be. The speedo is easy to read, but 60kmh is very low down on the scale!. LCD Tacho was easy to read in the changing sun/shade of the trees. I had an invitation to open it up a bit, and the peg scraping was enjoyable rather than frightening. Only ran wide once, but I was doing 70kmh around the inside lane of a 30kmh corner, so happy with how I coped. Gears are spaced ok, never felt like I was in the wrong gear. Bike is well balanced, and easy to ride straight ahead at 5kmh in traffic. Didn't filter in the traffic, discretion and all that. Clutch action very smooth, only criticism is that the change into 2nd never felt the normalSuzuki smooth change, almost needed a pause in the shifting to ensure it was clean. Major change from the M50 was that on the M50, if you open the throttle around a corner,. you go faster. On the 109, the back steps out, and the tyre lights up!. The ride home was almost disapointing. My lowly 800 didn't feel that big anymore, or powerful. The sound almost anerexic compared with the booming 109. Only minus I found was the dual key operation to unlock steering, and then fire up bike. Not much to quibble on really, they are for riding, not parking. How will I cope until I can get one? Wonder what they would be like commuting? Lane splitting and filtering would be a whole new ballgame! I am off to see the minister for Adult recreation and see if grovelling can rustle up a yes!