Much as I like the VFR1200 (well, my version anyway) I don't see that as a solution for the OP. Loads of power, but it is heavy compared to the other bikes he's looking at. Personally, I don't think that's a problem for what I use it for and there's no way on earth I will have a fairing on any of my bikes. If I want windless comfort, I'll take the car. I like to feel the wind as it helps me to keep my speed down. It is no longer possible (here in the UK anyway) to ride like I used to and still keep my license. Riding a naked bike gives me all the fun and thrills, at a lower speed which is all I need as I don't commute and never ride on a motorway when I'm riding for pleasure. But we don't all have the same needs and requirements. My next bike for long distance will almost certainly be a new R1250GS. Great bike to ride and super comfortable which is more and more important as I get older. I cannot deal with low handlebars any more. That's just pain. It does seem to me that the VFR still does everything that is required by the OP, so why change? Nothing like a V4.