I owned a Sprint ST955i before i bought a ZX14. The triple engin is awsom so why dont try a ST1050? i have been touring europe and riding the alps and wht i did not exepect of the ZX was that it was a more comfy tourer then the ST. The power of the ZX is very smoth and civilized with with normal throtlle use. You cold also look at a CBR1100XX witch also gives great comfort for touring. Going from RS to VFR you will have the same HP but lose som tourq. But the VFR is a good bike, but il bet youl miss that triple engin, i do somtimes.