So to replace the Honda Shadow, I bought a Yamaha Super Ténéré.
Wow! What a bike. It's a 6 speed, 1200 cc inline twin with 90 horsepower (I foresee a couple speeding tickets in my near future), it's comfortable and it can handle our crappy Quebec roads with dignity - no more ka-bonk when hitting a pothole - and stability. On gravel, the traction control lets you spin out just enough before feeling like you've lost control.
On the highway I need to constantly check my speed because hitting 140 is just too easy.
One of the biggest problems that I heard about is the ineffective windshield that creates an unbearable turbulence around your head. Here's a discussion around this windshield problem.
Here's a short video I made on the weekend