With the Ivan flash, mine will also rise in 1st and second without clutching. Cross plane has a lot more available torque than our inline 4. I'd love to have one but..... I am considering getting rid of the 2013 FZ1. I've found that I just don't have a lot of time to ride anymore.
Should I look for a bike in the future if I get rid of the FZ1, this one is high on the list!
Oh, and nice S8+ Bogie! Is that the Otterbox case too?