So buy a used previous gen (factory) and spend the extra cash on...?
Loving my 2007.5
As crazy as it sounds, it's a power and weight thing. I've ridden the V-Twin Mille's and Tuono's, and loved them, but I'm at a stage now where I need Massive power - namely midrange, but huge top-end too. All of the current standards are great bikes, but for me a new Speed Triple does not have enough power (midrange and top end) for my personal riding tastes. Plus it's a bit heavy, as are all of the 1000cc+ standards out there now.
The 08 CBR1000RR I just sold for the ZX-14R had a killer engine - plenty of power on top (155 RWHP) but it was the midrange that was so great. Anywhere in the 5-8000 rpm range and no need to downshift, just masive power, much better than bikes like the S1000RR and the new ZX-10R, which have more power at the very top end, but much less midrange.
Now if Honda didn't dumb-down it's new CB1000R standard like it did, and if they would have kept the engine intact from the current generation CBR1000RR, THAT would be a hell of a super-standard and would likely have been my next bike. Instead, the new CB1000R has about 120 RWHP and although is very nice, it does nothing any other standard doesn't already do.
So, the V4 Tuono is in a class of it's own, with no Aprilia dealer nearby to take my money for one.