Roger... for anyone to say the L is slow or a "street bike" simply is prejudiced. These bikes have so much capability and torque stock it ain't even funny, let alone with flow/carb upgrades, hot cams, etc. Frankly I'm surprised nobody has a nitrous kit! Or Mr. Fusion reactor... hmmm... My first time out on my BFP, I lit her up on the street to get out of the way of some idiot driving a truck. Up came the front wheel, with the rear spinning and shooting to the left, launching us quite effectively out of the way. "Houston, we have liftoff!" In this case, I think it's 90% rider, 30% bike. But to compare the R & L is pointless. The R is a dirt race bike. The L is a dual-sport bike. They both have gobs of torque, great top end, excellent suspension, they piss the wife off, and give us big Kahones... end of story.