Fair enough on the stainless pipes!
mine was a 2002 model which I bought in 2005, so it was just coming up for it's first MOT (which it failed - on rotted downpipes..). so if they changed them after that then fair enough... my 1992 K plate Trophy had stainless downpies though, so in my defence it did take Honda another 10 years to catch up.
I guess the reliability wasn't dreadful - just not what I was used to. like I said, the engine was great, it handled well and was comfy, so not all bad.
I'm personally not bothered about it still being 800cc - it felt quick enough and the fuel economy was OK, increasing it to 1000cc would incur big development costs which I guess we'd end up paying for in the asking price!
I don't want to go on about Triumphs, but the Sprint GT was a better tourer in my oppinion - ok it may be a little heavier but it's a sports TOURER - not a SPORTS tourer... and the power is where you need it - you don't really need a massive top-end on bikes like this, hence I think the VFR is OK at 800cc.
whoever said the price is a bit much is right though - when you think about it, a 12 year old engine design should have recouped Honda the development costs by now - so they really should be able to offer it at a better price..
But I'm going to reserve judgement until I've ridden one - I've known loads of bikes before (Hondas included) that don't look like much on paper but all those little things add up to really impress on the road
Like Evil Amnesiac says - it's not all about the spec sheet!