In the same light, who said bikes were only about "fast, handle well, and great on gas"?
Some people ride because they like to ride.
Fine. But then don't act like you're superior for riding a bike with no real desirable qualities. I think it's stupid for a guy on a cruiser to look down on a sport bike when it will out perform the cruiser in almost every conceivable manner.
Not many places around here let you just test ride the bikes. I've sat on a few, from Kawasaki to Triumph to Suzuki, 'tested' the riding position (as much as possible without riding) and I didn't like it. Felt uncomfortable. Looks uncomfortable. Riders doing the one-hand-extended stretch while riding and stretching while holding their back and doing the wrist rub and roll after riding one for a while also seems to indicate they are uncomfortable.
I have judged a type of bike that I've never ridden - I don't think I'd like riding one. I think it might be fun on a track or a twisty road for about three or four miles, then load it up in the trailer and go home. I've also judged that I would not like to try base jumping with a wing suit and I don't want to be set on fire.
I'm not saying you're an idiot for having one, I'm not saying you're dumb for riding one or buying one. I'm not even saying that I absolutely would hate riding a sport bike. I'm saying I don't think I'd like riding one regularly and I don't want to own one and I don't like the way they look and I don't want to buy one to ride for a while just to make sure.
... like I told my brother - if you want to give me a motorcycle, I'll ride it.
Anyone that is uncomfortable on a sportbike is doing it wrong.
My 150,000+ miles on sportbikes have all been more comfortable than my thousand or so miles on sport tourers/tourers/cruisers.
I feel obligated to point out that what is more comfortable for you is not necessarily more comfortable for the rest of the world. Your singular experiences do not mean you are qualified to make over arching statements in something as personal as comfort.
I am glad they are more comfortable for YOU. But that does not mean they are for me. Or Jim down the road or Billy in Utah.
Of course I'm generalizing from a single example here, but everyone does that. At least I do.