Here’s a thought.
Make a list of the attributes you want out of a bike (and be honest with yourself).
1. In town/city driving
2. Highway touring - longer distance comfort and capacity.
3. Appearance and impressing others (litre bike with right label and appearance).
4. Real sport riding - twisty roads.
5. Stoplight drags (the 0-60 runs in town or at lights).
Sport bikes are really designed for high rpm running on twisty roads, and their capabilities are well beyond 99% of drivers and laws. Litre bikes have more low end power, so can move quickly at lower rpm. A sport bike which never sees more than 8,000rpm is wasted potential.
You may want to look at v-twin sporty bikes or even inline triples like triumph bikes. They have more bottom end, are driveable in town, and sound good at any speed.
The VFR is a bike that does all the above pretty well. Sure, you sacrifice the top 10% of race performance, but unless you’re on a track or flagrantly breaking laws (which will catch up to you one way or another) then it’s largely academic. You can ride the vfr all week to work, then take it to whistler on a weekend morning, or over to Vancouver island with bags for a weekend.