You have trouble getting a vehicle that will run 12 second quarter miles up to speed on the expressway?
Sorry to hear that.
I've have seen 0-60 mph times anywhere from 3.6 to 4.8 seconds...(some seem too high, some seem too low)
Let her sing and row the gearbox, but it really doesn't take all that
IMO. I, personally, love getting on freeways (that's what we call them in these parts) on my V (w/ 43t rear sprocket BTW)
I am blasting by traffic at 85+ mph before I (or they!) know it....then I look for a "safe spot" in the fast lane, of course.
If I need to, I drop the girl down to 4th gear (or even 3rd if going slower) and I make it happen "like now."
Works for me.
I, personally, want a bike that "is straining" above 90 mph because it helps me keep my license (even though I would not agree with that assessment...mine will cruise all day at 90 and still has some punch left...mine "strains" at 105-110 mph, but still pulls to 120 or so...I'm good with that). What's the VTX like at triple-digit speeds?
"Smooth as hell and ready for more?"
Seriously, if you miss "lazy" 100+ hp performance/speed "a lot,"
a 650 twin is probably not the bike for you. I am surprised you say you like the bike as much as you do in that case. Seems like that would be "a hurdle" you would not get over.