VFR1200F vs FJR1300AE
I've been carefully studying the new Honda VFR DCT against my older 2006 Yamaha FJR electric shift as a possible trade-up candidate. Although the Yamaha electric shift has been around 4 years now, mine has proven to be virtually bulletproof after 22,000 miles.
The DCT technology is probably an improvement to my AE, but I've not been dissatisfied with it. It does have some advantages: 1) No parking brake is required, because you put the gear in 1st, shut off the engine, and the transmission is locked in gear. It cannot be rolled away, and you don't have to worry about trying to ride away with the parking brake on. 2) In addition to the paddle shifter up and down like the DCT, it has an electric foot shift that can perform the same way. I prefer to use the paddle to up-shift, and the foot to down-shift. It seems more natural and quicker, and it gives my left foot something to do in place of the clutch.
Overall, the new VFR does not seem to be competitive - other than performance - with other sport touring machines from Kawasaki, BMW, or even their own the ST1300. Negatives: No adjustable windscreen, heated grips (optional), panniers (optional), 12V power outlet (optional), center stand (optional), small short-range fuel tank, sport bike ergonomics, and higher price. Looks like I will be keeping my FJR because it has no faults or weaknesses in my experience.