try a MTS1200 (but only if you have the money to buy one
seriously, it's a sport bike with upright riding position
and that gets us to the main point for me, riding ergonomics! ST type bikes are sportier riding position, with all the pros and cons that entails
I've ridden a big ninja, regularily ride a GSX-R 1300 (if i want to), and I bought a MTS, to me for the type of riding I do it just makes more sense (and I do NO dirt riding at all). It's just more comfortable, upright riding position makes for better view angle... oh and it has an engine that makes most ST type bikes blush
seriously, try one!