I absolutely love the bike so far. I've never owned a VFR to compare. I'm coming off a string of BMWs, the most recent of which was a K1300S. I posted a thread some pages back called "60 miles on a VFR1200" comparing the VFR12 to the K13 if you had any time to kill and were interested. While the K1300S ranks among my favorite all-time bikes, I actually like the engine characteristics of the big Viffer even better.