VFR-riders always creep out of the bushes to +1 our own.I like the VFR's and rode one for about 40k a long time ago. I'm trying to stay away from fully faired bikes, because I have a tendency to scratch and break plastics in addition to the hassles of removing them for some types of maintenance. Also looking for something a bit more upright if possible.
I do agree that they are an excellent sport touring bike and have been throughout the various versions. The VFRD forum is also a great resource.
If you don't like the plastics, you can always sell the OEM fairings for a pretty penny as they are highly sought after due to the poor aftermarket Chinese fitment alternatives.
You might be able to get it all done for 1/10th of your $15k budget too.. Grab one end of season well kitted with all the GIVI racks and bags (maybe even the elusive beetle bags) for like $3-4k, then sell the plastics off for $500... I snagged mine with 30k for just $3.5k 3 years ago..
They do look damn peculiar without the OEM plastics, SSS, and without modding the side mounted rads..