I must admit, I was also somewhat suprised to see it had made #8! Its UK based results of owner's ratings. In the UK they are more naked bike orientated than in the US, I reckon. I guess it is a sobering result on just how good this bike is overall, even with critisim for being somewhat boring. I still maintain that if Honda spent just a little more time and effort on it, looks and gear wise, it would even be more of a cracker than it is.
If you go in and read the actual review it isn't exactly positve.
I actually like MCN's reviews for now, although they tend to get a lot of flack in some forums. IMO they seem to like full blown balls-to-the-wall type bikes, such as the 990 Duke, FZ1N, B-King and sports bikes. If you keep that in mind, you can adjust for that when reading their reviews.
had a vfr 400 'bout 8 or 9 yrs ago. Wish I never got rid of it. Awesome bike. A little cramped if you're tall, but really nice handling even without much suspension adjustment. But an 18" rear wheel meant tire choice was a bit limited compared to what you can get nowadays. Of course, the fact that it was tiny might have something to do with why it could turn on a dime.