Styling of the XSR is a bit polarizing. Like BMW's RnineT, it's a quasi-retro, picking up elements from more traditional standards without using any of them wholesale. Kind of a mishmash, actually, but mostly it works. I love the round headlight and taillight. I don't mind the more modern angular frame leftover from the FZ-09; it reminds me of the second-gen Suzuki SV650. The biggest warts of the XSR are the incongruous boxes bolted to the front frame elements, there merely to hide additional electrical bits for the added modern amenities. The new tank, while the same 3.7 gallon capacity of the FZ-09, offers removable side panels which can be swapped easily, or taken off to be painted. And you might be tempted to do just that, since the XSR currently comes in only two colors: brushed aluminum/grey for $9,490, and the 60th anniversary yellow and black for $9,990.