I've ridden the R and loved it, however, my back didn't. Can't wait to try the CR, the riding position would be more suited to my body. Can't wait to try the throttle response on the lower gear ratio either!!
Just for the record. In stock form the CR sits more aggressively than the R, but the CR can have handle bars installed that sit you up like an XB9SX. I have seen it done by one of our customers but I didn't get the pictures.
Ok, sat on them both last night, side by side. They feel pretty much the same, the bars look to be about in the same position. From my experience at the track, the way the R felt was much better because of the wind flow around it. Can't give the evaluation about the CR, but that was the comparison against the Lightnings.
So you sat on both and the R sat better. Now how would you feel if the CR had the handle bar kit installed on it which is very close to the seating position on the XB12SS. You could still use it for track days or daily rides... just lean over the bars more.
If I had waited until 09 to get mine as was "Plan A" I would have probably opted for the CR with the bar kit since I've gone ahead and bought a dedicated track bike so I don't have to worry about scuffing up Armitage.
I went down to Biker Bob's about 1 month ago looking at a xb12ss. I took it for a test ride and it was only running on 1 cylinder so I took out an 1125r. That engine changed my mind on which bike i wanted.
I like the styling of the 1125CR over the 1125R, so I'm coming back in soon to take the 1125CR out. As long as I'm comfortable with the riding position, on it I'll be taking it home.