I know this question was addressed to Cal but I´ll still give you my opinion.I get along with the R41 and can certainly use it, but I don't love it nor do I find it "smooth." It's a bit prone to biting, too, but, it's quite efficient. I'm not entirely sure I want the SS version unless there's a significant improvement, and it looks just the same (with tiny variations) except for the SS. Am I wrong?
I had the plated version years ago so I can´t make a direct comparison, but for me it shaves the same.
The handle is big indeed, but my main issue is that it lacks grip. It´s okay with water, but it´s just too slippy when lather reaches the handle. May be the added weight of the razor makes the grip worse, I don´t know. So I keep my hands dry and I´m good.
The outcome of my shaves are stellar. Recently I used the razor 14 days in a row and got a daily BBS without irritation. Just wonderful... my only complaint is that my shaves are not that comfortable. The razor pulls my hair, especially on the first pass. And I´m sure it has to do with lack of rigidity. FYI : I´m using Astra SP so it may be different with other blades. But these blades work fine in all the other razors I tried.
I had the same issue with the chrome plated version.