A friend of mine just purchased a Kawasaki ZRX 1200. He was gushing about how it handled for a large motorcyle, and how responsive and fast it was. I took a ride around the block a gave him the key back. It felt 100 years old. That stiff suspension I use to complain about on the Brutale I have come to love. I can feel the road and what the bike is telling me.That abrupt throttle response that everyone complains about, at least there is a respone! And as far as power goes there is just no comparison. Today I grew to appreciate the Brutale even more.