Originally Posted by 390beretta
How do you feel about this "less than modern sportbike performance"?
I'm quite comfortable with my masculinity, thanks for asking!
Falls in to the same boat as riding a dual-purpose bike, or a small-cc anything: as others have already said, you have to engage with the bike and ride the thing, rather than just sit on it and twist the throttle. Lotsa fun, and you learn about things like apex speed.
I've thoroughly enjoyed sampling 600cc sports bikes, but the litre class bikes just feel like they're straining at the leash all the time, they just need too much speed to work truly well, and they're slower in the corners.
I would love to have a K75RT as a commuter/tourer, but I don't commute or tour these days. I've had several Triumph triples (275,000 km) and quite like the feel of triples over fours.