Hi Wilf. I owned an XFSV8 before my R and to be honest didn't notice any difference in the ride quality even though I drive like a pussy! I found the ride a lot less firm than I thought it would be. I am also a grey haired old fart and have no problems at all with the ride. Yes it is firm, but not too hard. The best advice would be to take one for an extended test drive and give it a real go over the bumpy stuff. The only problem is you will probably wont want to give it back.