Since I got my S500 last year, I have been wondering if I made a mistake by not checking out the X9 first. Especially with all of Aprilia's issues (parts & etc). Well, today I was able to see a brand new X9 at the dealership, and I was totally unimpressed. The styling of the X9 was almost totally non-existent when compared to the S500 or the A500. The fit and finish did not seem to be the same quality, and the storage was not even comparable. I just don't see this thing turning heads like the Aprilia's do. Maybe the X9 is a blast to ride, because I have no idea how the performance stacks up, but the Aprilia seems to be in a whole different class when comparing at the curb. I know that they are all under the same roof now, but was the X9 supposed to be the major competition for Aprilia when it comes to Italian scoots?