Nice , today was the day to figure things out on this new VFR which they badge Interceptor.. what ever. What a sewing machine. Very well put together, Honda does a good job when they want too, in this they really didn't miss much, maybe a wee bit over the top here and there, but this White ROCKS. Once on the move in the parking lot at parking lot speed you can feel the weight. but once moving over 20 mph it disappears. Talk about jet smooth, where's the rumble? not here. (note to self) IT DOESN"T HAVE GEAR WHINE! poop! But talk about great throttle response very predictable. oh and that Vtec thing, it's gone, just jet smooth here I come acceleration, it gets it's shit together right now if needed. Brakes are as good as they get. This one has ABS, my thought on that is I don't want to even get close to a situation where I need to relay on it to work, so I'll chalk it up to gadgetry not needed. Since I pulled out of the parking lot with only .1 of a mile showing on a cool looking layout of a dash, I like the tach, shows Honda went the extra in the small stuff. In that figure I best not over do it, that and the tires were not scrubbed in yet.. I fixed that. Accelerating on the on ramp was a hoot, talk about seamless get up and go, all though it would be nice to hear the engine rumble and all, but no Vtec snap here, very nice. The ride on the freeway was as smooth as it can get on a bike. Honda also retain the nifty air slot in the screen that takes negative airflow pressure away, making the helmet turbulence a non issue I could ride this bike all day with out any problems. W ith my 6'1'175lb frame, it was like it was made for me, bars, foot pegs, seat height, be hard to get it better. The Mirrors where vib free the whole time and give a decent what's behind you. insert funny thing here, just so happen when I did check the view in the mirrors, who do I see? the local law. I did a quick glance at the numbers being displayed , Opps 56 in a 45. all is good. It worked out From there I had a chance to take it through town and wouldn't ya know it today it was 94 degrees, so the fans where on a lot of the time. I never really felt anything in the way of heat being an issue it was just plain hot everywhere. I Did get a couple looks from folks on the side walk and one yelled out nice bike. So that was cool. Back road abilities were not to bad, considering the tires where getting scrubbed in, but the bike still felt planted. My 4th gen with suspension upgrades had a quicker response, but being I didn't have time to play with suspense settings, and for a first time out, I'd say it did fairly well. pick a line and it followed right along, mid corner adjustments and bumps never upset the chassis nor the line but when a correction was needed a bit more effort was needed, but nothing that made me concerned. Throttle response was perfect for me and the torque curve must be pretty wide, typical V4 along with good FI, as you can keep it up an extra gear or not, just apply throttle when ready and away ya go. This VFR had Bridgestone sporttmax tires, those tires being oem I bet there's room for some improvement, but again just out of the crate it handled fairly well considering. The thing that bugged me, maybe surprising, was how smooth and quiet this VFR is, no fuss just riding on the wind, was pretty nice. All in all I'd still be hard pressed to drop $14K, the 014 CBR1000RR is also $14K, but man the smell of a new bike is very intoxicating. Time will tell how this VFR will play out, My ??? is a well taken care of 5th gen is just about the same bike. Definitely something to think about.