Do you really think a literbike would be more flickable than a VFR? I used to have an '03 GSX-R1000, an SV1000S and an '03 Z1000, and none of them were very flickable.
I don't mind swapping out the VFR's shock, and I'm okay with modding the fork as well. Speaking of which, if I recall correctly, the earlier VFR800s had a 41mm fork. The CBR F2 and F3 had a 41mm fork. I was able to take the uppers and innards from an F3 fork and bolt them to my F2's fork lowers, thereby converting the F2 damper rod fork to a cartridge fork with adjustable rebound damping. So I wonder if I could do a similar mod on a VFR.
Only the newest Liter bike handle decent IMO, the last GSXR1k I road (05) was a PIG IMO and other than teh motor I was very happy to get back on my 02 VFR!
No 5th or 6th gen VFR would ever be consider quick steering, but slight tweeking and decent tires like Pilot Powers make a Huge difference. With suspension redone to my weight (200lbs) and teh rear raised/ forks dropped my 02 handle pretty good. I live in teh twisties and have over 84k miles of twisties on it.
You need to test ride both a 5th & 6th gen VFR and know that if they still have the stock round profile OEM type tires on them they will feel slow turn-in wise.
Excellent overall bike though, check one out.
I'm sure if you post up for some member to swap rides on an hour ride would be happy to try your 675 out!