Johnnymark, thanks for the in depth analysis of the '11-'13 because that's around where I'm currently looking.
RCannon, yes I think we're on the same page here (like minds think alike?). I'm not trying to preserve anything. Just for my own sanity. I'll beat on my 2018 when I'm ready to beat on it. As for the more advanced rider aids on my commute, not really an issue. ABS would be nice but not necessary. I've been commuting since 2001 on raw, non-assisted liter+ bikes and less powerful machines. Not saying I will never need it, but I mitigate the risk by just being pro-active. I hope to never need it but I won't turn down an ABS equipped bike. Nevertheless I won't turn down a non-ABS equipped bike either. So I'm neutral in regards to that.
Yes I've considered the gSXS1000f. Test rode it before I chose the N1k. It definitely ticks all the right boxes for me except for one, very glaring box: looks! The GSXS1000f looks like a scooter to me! I just can't get over that and I'll have to live with it if I bought this bike. The naked one is so much better looking. The F model is like marrying a woman who's a great cook, knocks my socks off in bed, makes a ton of money and buys me toys, but she's kind of ugly. I just can't! LOL! Compared to the ANY N1k, the GSXS1000f just looks like Big Bird with skinny legs. If I find a naked one though for the price I'm shopping at now that will change my decision.
Burtcaster & Zaph, yes I'm very price conscious. I having one moving violation and my insurance wants to charge me an extra $700/year on my 2018 N1k! That and vehicle registration in California is EXPENSIVE! Don't ask me how much it is for the Ninja. My 12 year old VFR800 is $200/year to renew registration so extrapolate that on a 2018 Ninja 1000! So I need to be financially crafty to make this evil plan work by keeping the purchase price down. European bikes are out of the picture. Too high maintenance, nowhere near as reliable, and parts availability sucks. Looked at an Aprilia Tuono 1100...$1500/12k miles for major service. No thank you. Monster 1200....on the same boat and Ducati won't even sell you a Service Manual (they want you to take it to dealer). BMW S1000r....doesn't have a great reliability record. A good friend has a 2017...had to get it towed back to dealer after 3k miles for transmission problem recall. Then now engine is making some godawful racket at idle; like valvetrain related. No thank you. My other good friend has a 2018 Triumph 765rs, which I really liked after test riding. He low sided it...seemingly minor damage but it took, are you ready? 3 months to get all the parts from Triumph. So he had no bike to ride for 3 months while the bike sat waiting! Nice bikes though and yes, loaded to the brim with features and very fast.
Whether or not get another N1k, if nothing changes I'll be commuting on the VFR800 with no rider intervention, a shrinking parts availability as many parts are now being discontinued by Honda, and I'm just plain getting tired and bored with it. It may be "just" a commuter bike but I enjoy my commute as much as I do my weekend rides.