Having read through a good bit of this thread, as a newbie, (I have only had my spider 5 minutes), I am feeling somewhat uplifted!
When I bought her, I had the usual sort of comments from friends and acquaintances, like "do they supply a dust pan and brush to sweep up the bits as they fall off", and it's true, she has decided that she doesn't like her current crankshaft sensor, (fitting new one this morning), but the other day I went for a top down run around some of N. Devon's B roads, we have some crackers around here, and all I can say was that it was bloody glorious!
She makes a wonderful sound, somebody has put a non standard stainless exhaust on her that seems to be sans a box or two, she stick to the road like s h i t to a blanket. She also has a Maxflow air filter thingy lurking inside the standard box.
I took one of these friends for a spin in her the other day, and he was very quiet, might have been down to abject fear, I was showing off a bit!
When we got back he wandered off with a kind of glazed expression on his face
Anyway, I was starting to wonder whether I had made a big mistake in buying her, but thanks in part to the posts on this thread, I am now feeling a bit better about it.