For approximately 90 percent of the ownership experience, the Falco R makes tearing off a pay stub every month almost painless. The engine is smooth, thanks to dual counterbalancers, and is geared so tall the bike truly loafs at supra-legal velocities. The ergonomic package is generally good, though some of our testers complained of the long reach to the bars. By the measuring tape, the Falco is the double of the Mille--29.6 inches to the bar and 17.5 inches from the comfy seat to the bare aluminum pegs--but it has twice the effective handlebar rise, at 3.2 inches. This puts the Falco among the more serious 600 super-sports, but with more daylight between crotch and steering head. Subjectively, the bike feels more rakish and serious than, say, a Honda Super Hawk, and considerably longer.