Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Altanta, Georgia, USA
BMW guy all the way
Started in 97 with a R1200C.
2004 with a R1150RT.
2005 with a pre-owned 2002 K1200LTC. Wanted something more confortable for my wide. Had an K1200RS for about 4 months for solo riding but wanted more grunt. Sold it and got a K1200S. Exactly like yours granite grey fully stock, all I have is the BMW saddle bags.
I think that the die hard sportbiker will still have something or other to say about the KS and lean towards a japanese bike. (Cost to buy, Cost to own it after buying it, cost of accessories for it). As a previous BMW owner I know that even thought they edged out into the "superbike" market, they are still making a bike that calls the attention of their previous owners, things like heated grips, seats, ESA, trip computers, gear indicator, those are things WE BMW owners EXPECT on anything they make. Lots of other die hard sportbikers have no idea its even offered.
I work with a guy that has a R1, Raven Black, a Gsxr1000 stripped for racing, and just bought a 2006 or 2007 GSXR600. He liked my KS when he saw it, but still made the comment of "older gentleman sports bike".........UNTIL HE RODE IT!!!!!!! LOL. I let him and he returned with a grin on his face from ear to ear............. "Man this bike is a monster" was what he said getting off of it. BUT
The price of a K1200S he can buy the R1 and GSX that he has, which he has a point, so...
Just my observation as a previous BMW guy going into this awsome machine that should nad I think slowly will niche itself into the sport biker world.