Why I chose the vfr800 I won a trip from triumph to ride over 2000kms through Americas national parks out of Las Vegas. This was on a big cruiser the thunderbird Lt. Pic 1 At bottom of post A great bike for this type of trip but not my kind of bike. I like the light responsiveness of my street triple. Top image This trip gave me an itch to do some touring in Oz. plus the bug for a new bike was biting hard. After a couple of trips I realized the triple was the wrong bike for this type of trip especially with an occasional pillion and some luggage. I thought about a second bike as a tourer and tried the Suzuki gsx1250f, a bandit with a fairing. Pic 2 Nice bike, good value but too heavy and a bit boring. Decided 2 bikes would be silly, Rego, insurance, space. So a sports tourer is the way 2 go. 2 bikes in one. No luggage sporty and fun. Luggage and screen go touring. The first bike to get me excited was the ninja 1000sx. Loved the look and well designed luggage and ticked most boxes on paper. Pic 5 Took this for a long test ride (difficult to organise, the salesmen are very reluctant). Great bike in many ways but put off by the buzz over 7000 revs, the ineffective screen, even though it's adjustable and the poor rear brake. Also it was much nicer back on the triple. Tried 2 of these with the same result, very disappointing. Next tried Honda crossrunner 800. Couldn't like the looks but strangely comfortable and welcoming, an easy ride and I liked the idea of vtec for the 2 bikes in one theme. Unfortunately the practical looking screen was hopeless at 110kph. Then the new suzuki gsx s1000 came out which looked promising. Took it for a ride and loved it but too similar to my street and not for touring however the gsx 1000f came out soon after and it is better for touring. Pic 3 Now I was getting excited. Took it for a short test ride and loved it. Great power, good aerodynamics and comfortable.this was more like it. I held back though because no proper luggage, the pic is a ventura setup. Only comes in blue and grey for oz, shame on you Suzuki. Engine sounds busy at 110kph and throttle very sensitive. Doesn't like steady speed, wants to go go go. Handling also needed some sorting. But the best yet. Tempting but not quite right and the pillion seat is an instrument of torture. Always loved this look but the salesmen at lane cove were hopeless. Do you know where I mean? Pic 6 Worried about the sporty riding position, legs up head down. Salesman couldn't organise a test ride and couldn't find a key to open the panniers but wow I was reluctantly allowed to sit on it! Saw an ad for a great deal but in Newcastle on a black vfr800f 2015 with all the touring gear! Spoke to the seller, a nice lady who changed her mind about touring with hubby and said I could test ride. Drove straight up, great looking bike 1600km and still smelling new with 16 months factory warranty so took it for a 40 minute ride with her permission. Pic 7 What a sweet bike! Felt at home immediately, great gearbox, sound and quality. Lovely to ride and look at. Very different riding position and power band to the triple but that's what I wanted, and you still have that vtec up your sleeve. Aerodynamics good but the screen could be better, but it comes with a puig touring screen and blade still new in box! Panniers and top box perfect and comes with the fitted Honda luggage. Weight disappears as soon as you move. Sound of the v4 wonderful. Returned, haggled from $13000 to $12400 bought it on the spot, locked my car and rode the 160km home and the old highway from Brooklyn. Excellent smooth secure handling in twisties and relaxed cruise on the highway. Had a slight soreness at back of neck from leaning forward and looking up. Slowly building the muscles to get used to that. Bought second hand 1.25 inch risers in case and a beautiful arrows pipe that without the baffle sounds amazing. Also fitted T. rex sliders after nearly dropping it when moving in the garage and didn't notice the side stand had gone up! Bike suddenly got more and more heavy as I leaned it onto the non existent stand. Not as heavy to lift back up as I thought. Pic 4 The quality of the paint, fittings, features and design is exceptional. Nice to have suspension that actually absorbs bumps. Still loving the street until I sell it but enjoying a new world of bikes.