Power vs power delivery
My first experience with the new DOHC Boxers was after coming off an R850C boxer and going to the R1200R. While the power felt exponentially stronger, the boxer remained a well mannered engine that delivers this power smoothly and offers tons of torque - useful if you don't get that gear shift just right - she'll happily pull from a coast through an intersection in third. That being said, if you want it to go, it will go, and keep going all the way up to its 120mph top speed so you do have to know when to kick it and when to use restraint. It is also a big bike, no getting around that, but the center of gravity is kept low by using the engine as a load bearing component of the frame and chassis so it handles like a much lighter bike. So in summary, worry not my friend but, be aware that while its not a fire breathing, parallel 4 cylinder, dragon, if you say giddy up, it'll go.I absolutely love the looks of this bike. I don't know a whole lot about the engine and am wondering if this is too much bike for a new rider. I want something that I can manage and that won't kill me if I twist the throttle too hard or mis-shift. I am not new to powerful machines. I have a 500+ HP mustang, but I realize things are very different with two wheels vs. four. If anyone knows a bit more about how this engines performs I'd love to hear it.