I guess the steering feel is a subjective thing as my 1100s is alot quicker steering than my VFR.I'm not sure how many miles are on the test bike but my front brakes improved with use. I also heard pads from the 848 were better.There isn't too many options for luggage other than the Ducati stuff which is like hens teeth or to scab something together through trial and error. I love my 1100s but it is challenging to even carry a baseball cap on.I ended up picking up a vintage Goldwing just for going to work and running errands. Come to think of it I also use it for touring with th wife.so the Duc isn't getting the mijes wracked up on it. sure love jumping on it after riding the Wing all day.