O_E_M, I'd ride an FZ-07 in a heartbeat, but it's a dirtbike to me. SV650 is like the EX, long-in-the-tooth engine, mediocre suspension/brakes. Ninja 650 is getting close but that 180º crank has got to go. Yammie will never build a YZF-R7, so the search continues.
Where the hell did any Yammi come into this?
Only thing close in your statement is the "long in the tooth engine".
Give you that. The EX, compared to practically anything since the turn of the century is an old dog. But it's a faithful old dog. Like a woman.
Older they get, the more you better treat them well. They stuck with you this long, you can't help but admire them. And the more you admire, the more you see the beauty and strength. The more you see it the more you love it. You forget the weaknesses and love it even more in spite of them.
Now that poetry corner is over....
Lube it well, flog it often, keep it charged....
Maintain it well, ride it hard, love it tender.... it'll treat you good.
Words to live by.
PS: The new CBR500, sorry, it can't compare. Although it would at the moment, be the closest replacement.
Almost apples and oranges.
35 years between them.
Even at that, stock straight heads up. The EX.