Winter is no excuse :rotflmao:Bet that's from north of Birmingam , good to see you are alive VT.
The rc8 has never been known for its low speed smoothness. Or the 990's. That only came with the 1190adv/1290sdr. I'd try the z1000sx. Not as nimble or cool as an 8, but winters coming.
Certainly do... If you mainly ride twisty A or B roads. The handling is superb, sounds great (with the de-cat), fairly comfy, reasonably quick, though more suited to a relax and enjoy the scenery mindset...Thinking of getting a thruxton r next do you rate them VeeTwin