I am in a very similar situation. I too am a newbie on this board (this is my first post here
) and I too I am looking to leave V-twins behind. I have a Yamaha 1300 Tourer with only 4K miles on it, and she really goes (it must be the color, everybody knows that red bikes are faster
). I don't mind the power, but the weight is now really starting to bother me (and the heat and the noise and the clutch in traffic etc...). I will get a beating if I trade -in, but I don't like the hassle of selling privately. I am looking at a 2012 Burgman 400 abs new. Because of being 2012 they reduced it by over $ 1000 over list price. I have been reading this board up and down and I think I will be going for it.
If I were you, I'd go for the new one as well. Peace of mind (warranty) is worth the depreciation hit, IMHO.
Everyone: wish us luck.