I believe you will really like the ST. I have an ST1100 now with 85K on it. I have ridden the ST1300's and Honda has solved some of the issues the ST1100 had.
As to the "Soul" issue...W.T.H? The two K100's I had were nice. But so is the Honda. The nearly 7 gallon tank is really handy feature. Granted it didn't handle as well as the K's. Until I found the right tires and had the suspension replaced with proper spring rates, Traxion Dynamic cartridges, and Penske rear shock. I'm keeping this simpler, smoother, dare it say better bike a long time.
Will I be back to BMW? for now, no. Too many gizmo's, to many electronic potential failure features.
But then, a nicely restored airhead...