They say good things come to those that wait, and if nothing else, I've done a ton of waiting this year. Living on the East Coast means everyone involved has to jump through hoops when it's time to hook me up with long term test bike. Most of the test fleets are located on the West Coast, so just getting the bike usually turns into a cross-country juggling act between the OEM, their shipper, and one of their local dealers. Another factor is the weather. Most years it starts snowing out here around Christmas so the roads are coated with a corrosive mixture of snow, sand and salt until the spring rains wash everything clear. No one wants me riding a new bike in that sludge, especially me, so generally I don't expect anything to show up until February. This year I'd planned to have a bike by Valentine's Day, but the manufacturer put me off, then they put me off again, and then, well let's just say we went to plan B.