When I'm touring on my DS bikes the one thing I do miss is shaft drive. Riding rain or shine day after day, ease of service is important. I like the easy oil changes on the FJR, nice shaft drive too.
But, for something different I might try a Guzzi one of these days, maybe the standard V7 version with some Givi bags. They list for $10K new and are shaft driven.
Or maybe the fancy one if I ever get a real job again:
The more I ride the more I like bikes without all the plastic. I've done the Honda ST11 and ST13, the FJR was more fun. I'm a tall guy so I don't fit on Sprint's or the VFR's etc. It sucks being big some days.. The FJR fits me perfect but, its a heavy bike and it shows when the roads get tight.
It will probably be a Guzzi or a BMW R1200RT if I get another bike. I've always had a sweet spot for air cooled twins. The RT has great weather protection. My FJR1300 always left me soaked in even light rain. That space just above the dash funnels rain right to your chest. Makes it a cooler bike on hot days though....