Well I got to see the new Vee and was impressed with how it felt to sit on and liked the looks. Now the ? For me is do I but it or spend 4 grand more and buy the KTM 1190. I have demo'd the KTM and is the most amazing bike I've ever ridden. But it does have lots of electronics to give issues over time. But it is a bad ass bike to ride. I wish suzuki had demo rides around here like KTM does. Decisions decisions.
I was exactly in the same position. On my first test ride, I felt in love with the ktm. Bad ass bike it is, and very exciting to ride. Then I test rode the Vee2. I was impressed by the low end torque, but I said to myself "it's not the ktm".
Then I test rode the ktm a second time. The first "crazy wow" was passed, and I fully realized that the amazing power of the ktm was in the mid to the higher rpm range. I was playing with it in some country roads going up to 180 km\h and having fun. Back on the highway, I was crusing at 130 km\h and I felt almost like I was going 80. Then I said to myself: this bike is either going to get me killed, or I will lose my drivers licence...
I went to test ride the vee2 a second time, convinced that it was not as fun as the ktm. Then I started to play with the Vee2 like I did with the ktm, on the same roads, but using the low end torque, and I said to myself: this thing is fun, and fun "sooner" compared to the ktm. Yes It doesn't have that kick in the ass after 6000 rpm, but I was still having fun. When I was taking the entrance to the highway, I remember I was a little disappointed to notice that I was reaching the end of the throttle, but I was at 140km/h on the 3rd gear and when changing gear I reached easily 180 km/h on the 6th.
Also, when I was thinking about buying the ktm, I was already searching for options for replacing the seat, a solution to deal with the handlebar vibrations, and another solution to deal with the heat coming from the engine at very low speed...
In conclusion, the ktm starts to be crazy fun when the Vee2 starts to look a bit after its breath, but at this point you're already riding at speed that can make you lose your head or your licence. Yes, riding an europeen bike compared to a jap one is a different experience in terms of feeling of quality. But that comes with a price, both when you buy it and when you're doing the maintenance.
A friend of mine, who is a pro rider, said to me: I prefer having a lower powered bike and push it to its limit than having a higher powered bike and feel that the bike is way more capable than me. So, I put a deposit on a Vee2 and I will pick it up next week. I'm planning a 5 weeks ride this summer with some of the money I saved over the ktm.