I own a VFR800 and am extremely happy with it, it is fun, comfortable, good looking and reliable. I upgraded to this after owning a VTR1000 Firestorm for a very short time because it was too small, cramped, noisy (it had custom pipes) and was very uncomfortable for the missus when going for short touring runs. Have twice been bitten by the VFR by dropping it after maneuvering in tight spots at low speed. I don't feel as if I have a balance problem although I'm sure someone might fire back that i do if I've dropped her twice. The weight (compared to a VTR1000F) and sloping ground was what got me on the first drop and wet grass and a rut got me on the second drop. No major damage just cosmetic but still a badly bruised ego. After the second drop i was very concerned with how top heavy the bike seemed to be. It was daunting at how easy and quickly it went down once i'd lost it, almost like the top heavy feel of the bike made it go over so quick that i had very little time to react or to try and save it. Looked into comparisons of the VFR800 and Blackbird and noticed a few people saying how the Bird was very well balanced and you didn't feel the weight so i decided to test the theory. Rode a Blackbird for about half an hour and was blown away by the power of it. Now power is not the biggest thing on my agenda. True to the posts i had read on various websites and forums the bike did seem to feel lighter and easier to control and did seem to have a much lower center of gravity. I don't get sore on my bike out to ranges of 500km or so and I would like to go further and do longer touring rides so being able to carry passenger and luggage is important and a more powerful bike would do that easier with less effort than the current bike. I'm 6"2 so I fit the bigger bikes, by the brochure the Blackbird's seat height is higher than the VFR but the VFR actually feels higher, perhaps from the upright riding position. I guess at the end of all this I'm asking if anyone has owned or ridden both and gone from VFR to Blackbird or Blackbird to VFR and why? Is it worth changing over? I know the VFR is better in town and on the twisties but the Blackbird is better for touring and high speed runs but as I like to do all of the above I'm a little stuck as to which way to go. I haven't even looked at insurance on it so if you have info on that i'd appreciate it also. Thanks for reading!