Can you explain a bit more about this? Do you mean that you have to pull up on a ring around the shifter to get it into reverse?
If so, that's a good thing. On the 2011-2014 MT82s, it's faaaar too easy to try to go into R and end up in 1st, or vice-versa.
And may I compliment you on a truly beautiful color combination. Please share some good pictures of your interior too.
I've never had that issue, but I changed my stock shifter out for an MGW at 150 miles. I can't even recall that problem, but I can tell you I missed shifts on the way home from the dealer so that stock shifter sucked, I hope the S550 has a nice shifter.