At the end of September 2014 I settled on a Honda VFR1200F as a replacement/update for my 2007 Suzuki Bandit 1250S. Other bikes considered and closely looked at were; · Kawasaki Ninja 1000 (2014) · Suzuki Hyabusa (runout) · Trumpy Sprint GT (2014) · Yamaha FJR1300 (2014) · Kawasaki 1400GTR (2014) · Honda VFR800 (runout) So apart from the Ninja and the VFR all these bikes are physically large just like the Bandit and the better part of $20k or more. They all had plusses and minuses and a lot of these are subjective so there’s little point in going through each one. So the bike I settled on was the one that ticked the most boxes for reputation, features, suitability, comfort, performance, value and grin factor. That being the Honda VFR1200F. 4000km later and I know I’ve made the right choice. I knew much earlier than that and the only doubt I had was with 139km on the clock and the coppers were into me for $295 and 3 points! That was on the way home from the dealers but it’s all been great since then. This bike goes like stink and stops better than anything else I’ve ridden over the 40yrs I’ve been wobbling about on bikes. It’s the best handling bike I’ve ever had even better than my Ohlins fitted FZ1. It’s got bags of power and torque. Its economical. Has a tank range of 350km+. Has 12,000km between services with shaft drive and a slick gearbox. Brilliant headlight and LED’s rounds out the package. Sure its 270kg and its no supersports but its stable and a calm bike to ride. Honda have done a great job designing the fairings and it takes a fair bit of rain to actually get wet. A claimed 170hp of V4 under the tank that sounds great with a quick and east muffler mod and good sized and well designed panniers make this the long distance tourer I was hoping it to be. I’ve done a 1000km day and another 10hr day covering 650km through the Vic alps and got off wanting to do more. It’s very capable. Its looks are “distinctive” and not everyone gets it. I understand that but I don’t mind standing out in this case. I guess like all bikes it’s not perfect. I’ll probably get a DB screen. They should come with power sockets. Pillion accommodation is limited. Gear lever too far from peg but all these can be added or fixed cheaply. I got a pretty good deal and rode away $16,000 lighter plus trade in with panniers and center stand and discounted 1st service. If you’re looking for a large capable tourer I recommend you have a close look at the VFR1200 in either F or D (DC/Auto) Happy to answer any questions.