B12...My R6 does hit the power band until around 8K either. I'm used to it. AS far as sitting on one, I've sat on several 2001s. They're the exact smae bike, all they did this year was a little engine work (I think) and added a new Color, Silver.
Desmo..."Naked" well...I know you're in CA, but that's the term I know Sport Touring bikes as that don't have fairings. I may be mistaken, but there's not a "Naked" "Sport Bike". They don't call BMW bikes "Naked"
? You wouldn't see, normally, an R6 missing it's fairings or a TL butt naked
The YZF600 I believe is considered sport touring. Same 600 Motor, just a "softer" seat and higher clamp ons. I'm blanking, I think that's the name for handle bars lol It's 4 AM cut me some slack
Dad...I'm not reluctant to do 600 Miles in one day on my R6. My is problem is, I'm reluctant to get off of my bike.
NCVFR...They have a lower Bar option.
They also have a Seat option too, but I'm in contact with Corbin. I think I'm going to have one done up to match the paint on the bike. I'm not sure yet.
Generally I think what we are all dealing with hear is a wide variety of opinions in the Sport Touring Community. Everyone agrees on more comfort, but everyone has different ideas of how to achieve this. All those different ideas is what the Manu. bases their comfort levels on. And considering the wide range of Sport Touring bikes available and Manu., you get a wide variety of design elements across the board. Thus, there's never going to be a perfect bike for anyone. Minus the Gold Wing, my personal favorite, slightly out of my price range though.