Hey mate, from somebody who has been riding for a long time and has owned lots of bikes, not least most of them hondas, if you dont mind i would like to give you my views on your views if that makes sense!! 1. The engine is , as you know based on an 07 fireblade. All fireblade motors are mechanically noisy from cold, and when they are warm, they are bullet proof. This is nothing to worry about. 2. The switchgear is also off an 07 blade, and just look at most other bikes and it looks good, and is perfectly reliable. If you want to see cheap look at a buell!! 3. The suspension is a bit softer than maybe it should be but learn to understand what the bike is telling you and make small adjustments and note everything down. Also it would be a good idea to check the sag set up (see last months ride mag). 4. All naked bike mirrors are frankly, shite!! 5. Are you gripping the tank with your knees at all when your cornering? This could explain while you are feeling slides 6. Do you ride with the balls of your feet on the pegs also, this may be why your feeling vibrations. Overall ant, just give it a bit of time mate and i gaurantee that all these minor irritations will go away because with having blades before, to me it just feels like a naked version and i think its mint!!