Foto Joe, Congrats on the new ride. You've had way more bikes than me so I'm sure you know more than I do, but as far as "best bike", I think that depends on what you want to do on one, long haul, bar hopper, racing,etc. For what I want, my XCT is perfect and I love it,with trunk for trips with or without wife, without trunk when I'm just running around town with no trips planned for a while and riding back and forth to work. These bikes are almost to easy to work on its crazy. I've done more to this bike in one year than all my other bikes combined over the years. I will caution you about one thing, the air filter change requires you to remove gas tank, there's a plastic nipple or something under there that is overly pricey and breaks easily. There's a video by Witchdoctor about how to take the tank off without breaking that nipple, apparently people try to pull the gas line off at the nipple, but John at Witchdoctors says to take the line off behind the right side cheese wedge, you still have to be careful when you remove the tank and set it down, but your not pulling on the brittle plastic piece. But I think you will love this bike more than any you have had, I already do, but I haven't had as many as you so it might take you longer than it did me. I fell in love the first couple of rides, but after my first long trip (1900 miles), I knew this would probably be my last bike for a long time. Congrats again and enjoy.
2013 XCT Sunset Red
Lloyds High Performance Air Filter
Lloyds Adjustable Timing Gear +4
Vance & Hines
Tank Slapper Paint Protection 3M Kit
Rockford Fosgate PBR300X4
Kicker 6 1/2" up Front
Kicker 5 1/4" in Trunk
Inner Fairing, Trunk Speaker Pods Hydrographic Dipped in Houndstooth.
Gen 4 AFR+Fuel Controller