Saw a couple of guys riding their (obviously new) M109R's yesterday and felt a bit of a twinge. That was the only other bike I was considering when I bought the Valkyrie. Took a test ride on the big Suzuki and loved it. It was a close call for me. The Suzuki looks superb, has brutal power and just makes you feel fantastic astride it. If I could go back, would I make the same decision? I think I would but it would still be a close thing. I can see why the 9ers are such a cult bike. Probably what swung it for me in the end was the incredible smoothness of the Valkyrie. I have carpal tunnel issues and minimizing vibrations is important. Plus the ergo's on the Valk are hard to beat. The M109R-type ergo's can lead to soreness in the lower back for me. Maybe I'll just have to have both (wakes up from dream).