Well, the deposit is now down... pickup this afternoon. Bit dissapointing in the limited colour range available in Aus - I think the black/red the USA has looks great. Of the choice, I chose Matt black to avoid the atypical blue/white (clone) and the grey/black that looks like a Honda.. Regardless, should be a bit of a change after the Aprilia 2 stroke. Now to plan 1000km so I can make the 1st service interval and put some goodies on it... Will update with thoughts + pics as I go for those who might be interested (or not). May be of interest to any considering this bike, provided your not planning to use it as a commuter I found Shannon to be significantly cheaper than any other insurer (by about $400). Cheers, Andrew.