The SP is a bike that seems to appeal to VFR owners in particular. Maybe it's the gear driven cams...
Hahahah yeah, I really love the sound of timing gears in my VFR! What I really don't like is the engine itself.
I know that it's very unusual, for me is a very nice all-around bike.. so easy and forgiving to drive, but in my personal opinion the engine is not the right one for a sport-touring.
Let's put it in another way. I had for 9 years a CBR929, a truly awesome bike.
Incredible to say, but I found the best out of it during the relaxed drive. It had so much engine in the low revs, so much torque.. that you could just rotate your right wrist and get hyperspace speed in a glitch regardless of the speed and/or gear you had.
Of course was awesome during spirited drive as well, it was intended for it!
Well the VFR has simply not enough torque in the low revs for a turing bike, and is a lot heavier than the 929. So put on it 2 loaded sidebags.. and maybe a passenger behind you.. yeah you know what I mean.
I think the perfect sport touring should have a 1000cc inline four!
Everyone seems to love the VFR800, but it didn't caught me.