Right now, my needs are being met with a ZX-14. It's relatively comfy, relatively good handling, is very easy to control at low speeds, has good cornering clearance, and accelerates like mad. I plan on using it for long distance rides over several days. The only thing keeping me from going on rides that take over a week is not being willing to use too much of my vacation time on one trip! I'm confident that I'll be able to do long distance riding without being in pain! Plus, if I want to stop using my soft saddle bags, Corbin sells hard bags that look like really nice with the bike. I can basically have a sport touring bike for less money than it would cost me for any "sport touring" bike out there right now that I would ever consider owning.
My priorities are different than most. I want a sport bike that's relatively inexpensive, has really good fuel economy, and while mostly used for commuting isn't slow. It also has to be able to ride 2-up in relative comfort. For me that boils down to one of two bikes depending on whether I do more or less 2-up riding. If I do more then I want a 2006 Kawi Z750S. If I do less then I want a 2006 Kawi 650R. If I get the Z750S I'd swap out the seat, handlebars, and add lower fairings. Right now I ride a 2005 Kawi Ninja 250, and its ergonomics seem ideal. If it had EFI and a bit more weight so the wind wouldn't blow it around as easily it'd be the perfect short-distance single-person commuter bike. As it is, I'm not complaining.
Funny how that works, huh? Two and a half decades of riding and my ability to hustle a CBR1000rr around a track is no better than hustleing my K100rs. There's what- 150 lb difference between them? Maybe a Keith Code school is in my future.
I could run around faster on my Multistrada then my Daytona with 50 more ponies. I'm getting older or wiser or both. I've decided to go with another big handlebar and low foot pegs in the future. And if not faster, certainly easier to go fast on.
The bike I have now - Bandit 600S with Givi saddlebags. And that's exactly why I bought it - it had to do it all. A bit too buzzy for long-distance touring, though. In retrospect, an SV650S might have been a better choice. But I'm happy with my Bandito.