At first sight the looks didn't do anything for me either way. After reading the September issue of Cycleworld, I thought it was dead sexy & the coolest new bike in all of Japanese motorcycling. However, I just read on the FZ-09 thread that it gets 33.8 mpg. I find that hard to believe but, if it's true I'll be looking for something else. The 2013 690 Duke on page 18 of the same issue may be down on power from the FZ but, it's lighter & would probably make better time on the twisties here in hill country. $1,000 more but, it gets 57 mpg. with the cycleworld crew flogging it much harder than I would.