Originally Posted by single
I don't think it's so much that the VFR800 is underpowered as much as it's powerband is unlike other sport tourers with the torque and HP located higher in the rev range. It's a free revving bike, so it's easy enough to exploit, but I think many people prefer a lazier power band that just has torque everywhere especially for touring.
I'd agree with this. When you read the tests on the VFR800 they always comment on how much torque it has, but keep in mind that it's an 800 that's only a few pounds lighter than many open class bikes and that they're usually referencing pure inline four sport bikes of the same displacement. I don't think I ride any faster on my K1300S than I did on my VFR800, it's just that having all that power on tap lets you be lazy. A VFR800 is a great bike and it'll go, you just have to work at it a little harder.