Hey thanks for the link, I'd not seen that piece. They seem to have told it as they saw it. The Kaw GTR14 came across particularly well, tho obviously aimed more at longer trips.
The Triumph certainly seems to have a lot of your bases covered, and at a good price. I've just re-read the Kevin Ash review
from around the time this one launched, and he sounded very impressed.
(Pic above from the Ash piece, more there
The Duc might not have dominated at the drag strip - with that self-servo clutch it must be a nightmare to launch - but it certainly killed 'em in 60-80mph top-gear roll-ons, tall gearing notwithstanding, acc to those Cycle World specs
(bottom of linked page). That motor really kicks.
You've not expressed any interest in the Guzzis. Do these not grab you?
I suppose, with the weight and that 32 Litre tank, they are too much on the touring side. Guzzi character and that fuel range appeals to me, tho.