The magazines are always suspect when it comes to testing new bikes. Your going by others peoples opinions instead if your own. The only one way to find out if a bike is the one you truly want, you must go ride it yourself! The 08 may be exactally what your looking for right out of the box. Oh sure, you may have to tune it a bit but you have to do that to most bikes anyway.
The problem is, 90% of people don't have the opportunity to test 4 different bikes. I really think motorcycle dealerships should start considering this, especially the ones that carry multiple brands, it may be hard to do but in this day and age it is possible and i personally think consumers deserve a test ride.