Thanks for the response Railroader. I will definitely post back in this thread with updates, and the eventual bike I purchase...and will include pics for sure!
I have to say I am leaning towards the Multistrada at this point. My neighbor has a Monster S4R which also uses a 4valve motor and it really is thrilling. The MS will put out even more than that.
I have confirmed with both dealers that I will be able to test drive so that will be good. I plan on doing them back to back on the same day once the Multi is available. I will probably be using this bike for more touring duties...and a lot of quick point to point shoots. I will have to pay careful attention to the ergos of each one.