After looking at these bikes for too long I have finally made the change and now have a blue 2017 RS. We have had some strange weather here, up to 35 c followed by days of rain, not the best way to experience a new bike. Fortunately we are experiencing some excellent riding weather at the moment, low 20s and clear skies. Must thank everyone on this forum for some very helpful information regarding the RS. The bike is everything I hoped it would be, particularly impressed how smooth the engine is, last bike was a 2007 R1200R. Low speed control for me has been brilliant and a confidence booster in unfamiliar situations. My wife and I like to spend our holidays on our bikes travelling interstate, yes she rides as well. Just got back from a 2000km trip to the eastern side of Australia. I was still on the 07 BMW. I have added a radiator guard. A friend with an XR had some fins bent on his first ride, not impressed.