Totally agree & great you've enjoyed it so much. I brought one in 2008 with similar nervousness, but like you - best bike's I've owned & given me great fun. I say bikes - the first one got nicked in London after about 5 years ownership - I then brought a pretty old brompton, which I've kept going til this day, though the hinges are showing their age. About 4 years ago I splashed out & brought a new 6 speed & currently combine usage of both bikes to eek out their life.I thought why not post a brief update of my ownership as its been 6mths now. First off i know Brompton strongly market their bikes. Some are suspicious and some feel they are over hyped and selling a lifestyle. But hand on heart this is the best bike I have ever owned. And boy im so pleased because I bought it with some trepidation. Especially as I was warned its not a bike you buy untested. However the old rona put paid to that and I just pulled the trigger when I found a bike meeting my requirements. I am also pleased it was a smaller independent, Damian Harris Cycles.
It took me a few weeks to become very comfortable with the quick steering but love it now. Now and again I think it would be nice to raise the bars a little but otherwise I adore this bike. My rural commute involves filthy mud strewn and occasionally flooded country lanes so usually its caked in crap. I just keep the drive train clean & oiled but it still rides beautifully. Today following a mod to the gearing I gave him a wash and he came up like a new penny.
Bloody brilliant bike it just seems to do everything I need. Highly recommended.