This one has a seat height of about 30.7 " The other XB12 is tall at 31.8" With standard XB12 It's all I can do to touch both feet. It's more like riding a big dirt bike you have to one leg it.I was HEARTBROKEN when I couldn't reach the ground on an 1125. I fit MINT on an XB12SCg. And I LOVE the ergos on my X-1W. (even though it lives at work under the cover at work on a tender)
Throw the Honda VFR into the mix. It's an only 800, but you won't be at a loss for power. The combo of shaft-drive and a V4 powerplant make for an ultra-smooth ride. The hard bags can be removed easily, so you can go out and tear up the twisties, yet still be in sport-touring comfort.I just like the utility style of the bike. No bling to worry about not even much fairing just ride and go. Plus nobody steals ugly bikes. Some others I've looked along these lines that hard bags would have to be added and most are chain drive. Have I missed any?
Kawi Versys (Would like to see a model in the 1000-1200cc class with hard bags and Connie 14 shaft drive system.
Sport Tourings are an option too
Connie14 and FJR