The 800GT is a popular bike. It is pretty light for a touring bike but it does work. It is enough power as well. You can opt for the traction control and electronic adjustable rear shock and it is a nice package. We sell a fair number of them. I am finding guys are moving into smaller bikes like this and moving away from the bigger but more capable FJR and Concours. The new BMW R1200RT is very nice but will set you back 20k+
Another option is getting a used R1200RT. They are good relievable bikes and well proven.
Another possible option this year is the Ninja 1000. They now have a nice touring bag set and the bike is pretty small. You get more power with this bike and less efficiency.