I'm happy to say I'm the proud new owner of an 09 696. Love the bike so far, but I'm a bit annoyed by the starting procedure. Fast Idle Lever? Could that not be automated? Anyways, aside from that the bike is great. I've already taken suggestions from members of this board such as the handlebar riser and the touring seat to make the ride more comfortable. Well, look forward to reading up on whats been going on with these monsters!