I've owned a VFR800 and two Africa Twins amongst many others.
The VFR was a fantastic bike. Great handling and loads of power. Build quality was the best of any bike I've owned. I used mine two up alot and most of the time was unaware my wife was on the back. She loved the seat and found it very comfortable. I have a couple of critisms. For me, and I must be the only person in the world who found it so, it made my wrists and lower back ache on long, two hour plus rides (but then I'm old!). The other thing was was that the bike was almost too perfect. Unless I was travelling at well in excess of the speed limit there was virtually sense of speed due to the superb fairing (the only bike I didn't ever need to use ear plugs on)and the fantastically smooth engine.
I love Africa Twins. I like the riding position, the lazy V-Twin engine, the handling and for me the riding position is perfect. The seat is shorter than alot of bikes and the standard seat is not the best and thats being polite. I've fitted a 'Touratech' seat, which we find is the best for us. 'Corbin' do a replacement as well, but I found it a bit on the soft side for me. Also I love the look of the AT and all the goodies that you can fit to this type of bike. I have a 'Garmin' GPS. 'Touratech' Ali panniers, 'Acerbis' handguards, crash bars from 'African Queens' 'Baglux' harness and tank bag, 'Touratech' headlamp guard, 'Remus' can (now road legal but, the race can did sound fantastic)
In short, I think both bikes are great and you would be disappointed with either. I think it all comes down to what sort of rider you are and what you like the look of.
Good luck, I'd be interested in your choice.
[This message has been edited by mcdarbyfeast (edited 26 March 2004).]