The new Tiger also has shaft drive, and as you noted already, it has cruise control.
Cruise control is GREAT, I can't say enough about it. I had a BMW k bike sport tourer with CC and I installed a sophisticated, electronic CC on my FJR. To me, this is indispensable for touring. And, once you have it, you'll use it all the time on the way to the twisties.
'09 ZX 14