Generally positive press from the magazines helped. In its March 1974 exclusive test, Cycle found the S-model smooth, quiet, reasonably fast, dead reliable, a solid stopper, and very, very comfortable. Editors questioned the $3,400 price tag, writing that the price "is hard to justify." "The Kawasaki Z1," Cycle continued, "able to do about 85 percent of what the R90S does best, and capable of some things better, is cheaper by a gaudy $1,435." That amount was nearly half the 90S's price tag! Other magazines complained about a lack of cornering traction and some wallowy high-speed behavior, much of which was caused by low-grade tires and the fairing's less-than-optimum aerodynamics (it allowed the front end to lift at speed). But in the end most editors were swayed. Cycle finished up this way: "In short, it's a helluva motorcycle for too much money."