I got my 09 V in late summer of 2009. By the end of 2010 I had started to look for a better bike. My V was trouble free, but there were a few issues: uncomfortable seat (I had a OEM gel seat, and had tried several others), ride was a bit harsh, didn't trust the tires in either cold or wet days, brakes were not great (and I wanted ABS); but, I did enjoy riding it. So, while I was looking for something better, I kept making changes to my V.
1. I installed a HyperPro fully adjustable (racing) shock and HyperPro progressive front springs. The ride comfort was greatly improved, and the front dive when braking hard was reduced by around 70%.
2. After many different seat mods, I found a combination using AirHawk R that was exceedingly comfortable.
3. I finally removed all the brake pads and replaced them with D2Moto metal scintered HH pads, which greatly improved the breaking.
4. Installed heated grips, and connection for Gerbing heated jacket and heated gloves.
5. Installed Michelin PR
-3 tires. Those tires plus the HyperPro shock and springs made a amazing difference in the ride. Totally different bike.
During this time, I tried two BMWs (800cc and 1200cc) but found them uncomfortable. My V was much more comfortable, and also seemed to have better acceleration. I considered upgrading the BMW shocks, but realized that was really crazy and stopped with the BMW. Then I considred Ninja 1000, and couldn't see what I'd get other than ABS. The rest of the bike really was not as good for me as the V. I looked very carefully at Ducati, and really like the look of the Diavel. But when I tested it, my modified V had a much more comfortable ride. And, when I checked the Diavel forum, lots of problems jumped up. So, I tried a couple of other Ducatis, and decided they weren't the answer. I've looked at all the Hondas, other Kawasakis, etc.
But I finally realized that with all the mods I made, my V is now really well matched to my riding needs. What I'm missing though is another project. And that's what I find I really miss: I enjoy riding my V, but I also enjoy tinkering to get it like I want it. So, I'll watch for opportunities to improve it, but I no longer think I'll find another MC better suited to my needs.
If you're like me, you may already have the right MC, and are just looking for a new project.