I'm a bit puzzled by some of the comments in this thread. Having ridden both bikes, I wouldn't say one is better than the other, just different. The R is a taller bike, and the handlebars are farther away from the seat. Both bikes are uncommonly smooth. I don't think I have ever ridden a bike with a smoother transmission. Fuel delivery is smooth at both low speed and top end.
Regarding the subject of this thread. My dealer seems to think he will get the first batch of 1190's before the end of November.