#1 That buttery-smooth engine. Such a relief after riding that buzzbomb F800GT on the freeway these last few months. That goddam BMW I traded in for this RS-Cafe felt like it was chewing itself apart at anything over 77mph. However I have to keep one eye on the speedo of this Cafe, because 105 feels about the same as 80.
#2 Fuel economy. Averaging better than 48.5mpg even while much of my riding is a sustained 80+ mph.
#3 The easy access of the engine for maintenance. I love that the oil filter and drain plug are so close together, which means the oilpan will catch the drippings from both orifices during oil changes. Am averaging nearly 1000 miles per week, so I'm already looking forward to my first oil change this weekend. (I don't count the first service as my first oil change.) And every time I look down at that easy-access camchain tensioner, I can't wait for my first valve adjustment! The valve adjustments on my 9R are such a PITA because the engine is shoe-horned into that beefy aluminium frame, and it's impossible to get a torque wrench (or anything but open-ended wrenches really) on that CCT bolts.
#4 Sitting up nice and high improves my visibility when I'm lane-sharing in heavy traffic. People are also more likely to see me coming and many of them make a little extra room.
#5 The softer cams on this make the bike less angry than my ZX9R. It doesn't hit scary-hard like my ZX9R does when you twist the go-stick, but it's still got a lot more squirt than that pathetic BMW.
#6 And I just love looking at it. I have no nostalgia for the Eddie Lawson bikes, I just think this new bike is finer than frog's hair. The swoopy tank & fairing stripe screams, "If this thing's rockin', don't bother knockin'