Pretty easy to sum up, what a ripper maxiscoot! It looks good in the paint, the dark gunmetal blue (my description, not Honda's) looks deep and flawless, lots of plastic like everything else these days (my favourite colour is chrome.........), but well-fitted and solid. Instruments easy to read at a glance while riding, and they looked cool too, I'm not a huge fan of electrickery displays as they're sometimes hard to read in the sun, but this one works well. Controls are intuitive and fall readily to hand, as you would expect in a quality bike. Mirrors remain clear, apart from full throttle at higher ranges, then they blur only slightly. Riding position is comfy, and felt relaxed, but not slouched. I'm 6ft1 and 80kg, legs fell easily either under my bum, flat on the footwell, or stretched out forward. The seat does slope forwards towards the bars slightly, but I never felt cramped at all, in a comfy spot I still had over 2" from my knees to the leg-guards on the bodywork. The screen is simply excellent, I normally get a lot of buffeting due to my height on most bikes (apart from Roadkings of course!), Burgies, Tmax, Piaggio X-Evo, all of them, but not on this bike. The area behind the screen is a nice quiet stable place to be. If I rode it all through the winter, I might consider getting add-on wind deflectors to the sides of the standard screen, as the wind just touched my shoulders, but I'm nit-picking really, overall it is very good. If you added a set of Barkbusters (handguards), you could ride this thing in Antarctica. The performance is good. Bare in mind my last three bikes have been a KTM Supermoto with mid-50rwhp, a tweaked 10sec Ducati 996, and a big-NO2 boosted Kwaka cruiser, and although it's not QUITE as quick as my old Vmax I have at the moment(), it is really very good for what it is. No, I don't have definiitve times clocked on a track by timers, blah, blah, blah, but counting it off in my head it gets to 100kph in a touch under 6secs. This makes it easily as fast as any other maxiscoot out there (apart from maybe the big-armed Gilera), Burgy 650, Tmax with J.costa and pipe, this thing has them equaled in stock form. The best thing about the acceleration though is the sound she makes, the induction noise is really cool, and very addictive! Good onya Mr Honda for making a bike with noises to stir the senses, it's a great note through the airbox, I loved it! The Dual Clutch Transmission is simply excellent, off the line it just goes, no waiting for a second for the electronics to kick the motor up (Burgy650), no waiting for a second for the revs to climb enough to make the belt work hard (Tmax), twist it and it launches, then keeps pulling hard down the road. While doing 100kph, I simply whacked the throttle and it kicked down 3 gears and took off in a split-second, no delay, just go, and pulled hard past 150kph easily with plenty left. Which leads me to the brakes.......HOLY CRAP!!!!!! :eek1 One finger braking is the rule here, anything more and you will hurt your chances of children in the future. There is none of this locking tyres, sliding sideways nonsense though, the Combined-ABS sees to this. They are very sensitive, I think almost too much, but in time you would adjust easily. It is easily the best braking bike I have ridden, including the KTM SM and Ducati with Brembos mentioned above. Just grab the levers on both sides, then brace yourself mightily, it STOPS RIGHT NOW. I didn't think I would like the linked brakes, coz I trail brake everything, especially slow speed stuff and mid-corner for stability, but to be honest I still trail-braked happily and didn't even notice the difference, which surprised me a bit. The handling through corners and sweepers is bloody good. It rolls in and under very easily, with full stability and control. It's easy to adjust lines mid-corner for errant f@&kwits in V8 Commodores with race-team stickers and brain-dead blondes in hatchbacks, and just SWEEPS through corners with ease, minor push-pull on the bars is the order of the day here, just sit back in comfort and steer the thing everywhere, the steering response is excellent. If you need to go in deeper coz you go in too hot (not that I would do that on a test-ride of course.......), just steer the bars a bit more and down she goes, beautiful. I still had a few millimeters left on the tyre edges to go, so I could have gone further I rekn! The only negative is the slow-speed control, under 20kph. The DCT and the throttle combined was a bit snatchy at these low speeds, making very small throttle inputs difficult, and when combined with the "holy crap OMFG" sensitive brakes, made the usual tiny throttle/tiny rear brake trick to control walking pace speeds a PITA. I haven't heard anyone else report this though, so I suspect it is an issue with this particular 250km old race bike, uhmm, sorry, demo model! Most of the people who have bought one have reported fuel consumption around town in the low-30s km/L, which goes to show the benefits of using a proper clutch coupled drivetrain compared to a belt CVT for efficiency, so they return amazing fuel economy. Here in Oz they go out the door for $11G ride-away, compared to $13000 for a Burgy650, and $14000 for a Tmax, so comparatively cheap as well. I have a ride coming up to the other side of Oz in October (Casey Stoner's last ride at Phillip Island in the MotoGP, WOO!HOO!), so I have a choice of the Vmax with 15km/L and questionable handling, braking, comfort, well, everything really! Or get a new Integra. Damn, where can I scrounge $11G from? What a ripper bike. Ride safe peoples.