I'm new to BMW's and recently purchased an 06 k1200 r. I was interested in several very different bikes. Harley Davidson night train, I liked the look of drag bars and forward controls, Buell Ulysses XB12XT, liked the design and engineering. I went and rode both bikes at the local HD dealer. I had back surgery in Oct. of 08, rode the Harley one mile, not for me, sorry to anyone that likes them but in my humble opinion...POS. It rattled and vibrated and was just plain uncomfortable, for me.They look cool but I want to ride it not look at it. The Buell has the 1203 v twin, a friend tells me it's the same as a sportster ?, don't know , don't care. The bike handled really nice, I liked the seating position it felt very stable, lots of torque
Then I stopped at a traffic light
I thought the mirrors were going to fall off, the vibration, not for me.
At that point I headed to the BMW dealer to ride this badass R, sooo much power and very smooth, I was sold, however a boat load of cash so I wanted to be 100% sure. Rode R 1200 GS, reminds me of the Buell and I like the dual sport bikes, Nope, I'm not fond of the vibration of a twin, so the R was it and I've never been happier, it's got it's issues but all in all, it's been great.