I just read through this whole thread, and I know its a few months old, but I'd like to offer some thoughts. I also came from a Ninja 250 to a VFR. For me, the transition was from a 2007 Ninja with a small rider triangle and 1-inch risers to a 6th Gen VFR. I moved from the Ninja to tackle longer distances, which also required more of me from a conditioning standpoint. But to make it work for me, I have 1-inch GenMar risers, lowered pegs (Buell Ulysses), and a Rick Mayer seat. Rick is out of business, and Buell parts are scarce, but you get the idea. The result is that I have been on the bike for 8 years, and logged 40,000 miles. I also turn 60 this year. No one should tell you what you should do, but I think we owe to you to tell you what can be done based on our own experiences. Again, YMMV.