Ive gone and bought an07 Gsxr 750,two reasons,1 Iwant to do more trackdays and whilst the Benelli is good its not ideal and 2 its taken 5 months for Benelli to get their act together and supply the parts to fix my bike so that time plus the other times its been off the road has broken the camels back so to speak. I still think its a georgeous bike but I can,t go out on rides knowing that i,ll get there but will it make it back.
I think you would be fine with either of those dealers. As far as reliability goes my 05 TNT has been absolutely fine, apart from f*ck ups caused by the supplying dealer (note; DO NOT! let On Your Bike near a Benelli), and at least Benelli seem to be trying to fix any problems unlike some manufacturers who just deny there is a fault.
I had a cafe racer untill yesterday, I too have bought a GSXR but a K7 1000, really do love the CR styling but have always been worried about the reliabilty issues. I ended up sorting most of my own issues (got tuneboy software etc, and got it running ok) BUT I will be going abroad again this year and really dont want to chance it, so when the GSXR deal came along it had to be.!!
Benelli do try to get issues sorted but it can take a while ( this seems to be a factor on the re-sale value also, The dealer I got it from did not want it back!!!, but got sorted else where in the end). I would say if you really want one then go for it but be prepared for issues and long delays. If you only want it as a toy and not go far then it is worth the crowd pull factor.
I've got an 04 TNT. After some initial problems, its pretty well sorted now and a f***ing hoot to ride. When I bought it, all my mates with Ducatis said "Just you wait" and they were right - You're not buying a Honda. Annoying little things will go wrong. As you will have read, major things could go wrong so you should definitely buy it from Bennetts or KJM.
Basically, if you want total reliability don't touch it. But if you want something different and can cope with the odd niggle, you'll be glad you did. Its a "mindset" thing. Obviously, I'd like reliability too but I'm prepared to accept a few probs. Of course, I would say that - My other bikes a rotary and my cars a Lotus
Q: Why are Italian bikes "individual"? Because not everyone buys one. Q: Why doesn't everyone buy one? Erm....reliability probably
I have 3500 miles on my 07 TNT and had no problems other than the brake level braking off in my hand. It has taken along time for spares though I got knocked off in October and the swing arm has only just arrived in the country.
Ps If you do long miles get some padded cyling shorts they are a godsend!