FTFY. I have a 2012 848...awesome bike. Get the suspension setup for you and it handles like a dream. Engine has plenty of torque, but they don't like being lugged at low RPMs. Sure, not as fast as a Gixkawahonzuki, but it has personality and it's up to you to decide what you want. The crying over maintenance on these is very overhyped. The old Italians were a bear to keep up with, the new ones are close to their Japanese counterparts in terms of maintenance intervals, but parts and service will probably cost a bit more. It's up to you to decide what you value, they're both fine machines at the end of the day; ignore the children with their schoolyard 'my toy is better than yours' pissing contest.