Hahah, I hear you on the boost thing. First, it was the Ninja 250 & the CBR250r comparison(I would go with the more modern Honda) and then someone told me about the 2012 Ninja 650 (649cc parallel twin engine) and I fell in love. I'm not interested in a 'supersport' as a first bike.
The Yamaha FZ6 and FZ8 are in the same catagory as the Ninja 650. They're sport-touring bikes with an emphasis on the sport side. Very comfortable for long rides (I used to ride the FZ6 EVERYWHERE, did 18,000 km in one year and that was all joyriding trips), lots of power, large fuel tank, etc.
I loved my FZ6 and in some ways while the R1 was more refined and massively more powerful, it made me miss the FZ6 for long rides!