It's not a big secret among my friends that I've been shopping for a new bike for a while. I've done a lot of soul searching as to what bike will make me happy for years to come. I've also gone on a few test rides. I've come to the conclusion that I am a sport rider & commuter. I need to stop pretending to be anything but that! I'm happiest when I'm riding a comfortable sport bike. So I want a sport bike that is comfortable, has a fairing for wind protection, and can do it all: commute, sport ride, tour, can carry a medium tank bag and tail bag (no saddlebags), more power than my VFR800, lighter than my VFR, has a fairing like my VFR, reliable like my VFR, looks great (to me) like my VFR, has modern up to date features, and under $15k. Well gentlemen, there are ONLY three models that meet this criteria: Suzuki GSX-S1000f, the Kawasaki Ninja 1000, and the Ducati Super Sport (base model). Where is Honda here? Nowhere to be found it seems because I am NOT going to buy another VFR800 that doesn't improve on what I have, and Honda is no longer making it! Why Honda? Why did you guys abandon this market niche while others are still in the game? I'm not wild about the Suzuki's looks. Looks like a big scooter. The hardware meets most of my criteria for performance but leaves a few things to be desired. It is the most high performance of the three. But the looks.....I'm trying to like it. Test rode one. It was FAAAaast! It was lightweight like a sport bike. Instrument cluster looked cheap. No LED headlights. This is 2018 and going on 2019 Suzuki WTF? I love the Ducati's looks. It's fast enough and sounds magnificent! It's beautiful all around. I almost bought this one. But they're asking a lot for it and the Kawasaki is right on its heels. Also, instrument cluster looked cheap like the Suzuki. At this price I was expecting a TFT screen. However, I may have to circle back to Ducati simply because I can't get over its lusty body. I still need to test ride the Kawasaki Ninja 1000. But I've seen it, sat on it, drooled over it. This is the bike that comes closest to the "VFR1000" that I've been waiting years for. This bike has all the electronics of the Ducati, but is more bike than the Suzuki and way more power than the Ducati. Unfortunately, it's also much heavier than the Duc and the Suzuki. Still....it's 100% up to date including LED headlights, IMU directed rider assistance, adjustable windscreen, lots of wind protection, fully adjustable suspension, 125 rwhp and 75 ft. lbs. of torque. And it looks aggressive as hell especially in black. Finally, Kawasaki hasn't relegated the Ninja 1000 in the back burner. Instead, they updated it in 2017. Talk about faith in this market niche! Why didn't Honda make a VFR like this? I would have signed on the dotted line last year if they did! In 2019 Honda is going to give us: the CBR650R & CB650F. Beautiful bikes. But not a VFR replacement. the new CB1000R is more naked than Porny Daniels when she was making her movies. And I do NOT want an ADV bike. Been there done that not into it any longer. I feel that Honda has abandoned riders like me.