I watched an MCN Youtube video by Michael Neeves this morning on the Yahama MT-09 SP. Well worth the time watching it as he explains how the chassis really has changed and how that applies to riding.Hi Rob,
I hope not to disappoint you, but I've put my money on a black-silver one.
Some say it's faster than the other two color schemes.
Regarding the CB1000R I have to say it was my first option at the beginning, but after I have seen it in the flesh I had to reconsider my mind. It didn't impressed me at all...in any aspect I must say.
Second option was your Ninja 1000SX, a very good price-quality ratio. Built for comfort, but too heavy as a town commuter bike.
Last one the short list was the new MT-09 SP (the ugliest bike ever if you ask me). Also a good price-quality ratio, but too new to buy it right now (I'll keep my eyes on the future reviews).
At the end I had to choose between F900 and Triumph Street Triple RS.
If you want to buy a top quality bike, go for the Triumph.
The the price is also an important factor in this case, so the winner was the F900.
It's a decent bike considering the full options package and the paid price.
They have redesigned that bike from the ground up. Lowered the head stock by 30 mm to fix the understeer, new fork internals and a better rear shock to stop pogo out of the corner under power.
When it has got a now prettier front face than the GSX-S with only 1 LED eye; that doesn't say much about the Suzuki styling for me. (I see a lot of Katana in this GSX-S rendition, like a newer Katana).
For about the same money, perhaps a bit more, the MT gives you cruise control, IMU probably 6 way, quick shifter, new better seat, and a TFT display that really legible to see.
I think a person shopping these 2 bikes, would see that Suzuki has done very little, but is now overpriced itself with what is still at it's heart, a 2015 bike now in 2021/22.