I sort of liked the BMW F800S thing I saw a Sierra BMW yesterday. Belt driven, but it looked like it could rip up the twisties far better and easier than the GT. The GT gets sort of top heavy in the really tight stuff like the top of 9700 foot Sonora Pass in mid-California. Didn't look twisty on a map or GPS, but just east of Kennedy Meadows it is and the GT with the twitchy throttle, BBS renewed, and stalling at idle didn't help the matter.
Buddy who has ridden Yamaha dirt bikes for nearly 40 years gets a kick out of all the GS riders out of San Diego who go on trail rides and then dump their GS, get angry, and go home. He claims they are too heavy for any serious dirt work. He has a older R100GS that he likes, but he takes the Yamaha to the dirt the most often.
BMW has always had a reputation of faster than a Harley, now they need to capitalize on it. Spoke to a H-D crowd in Reno yesterday and they all wanted to know top speed of the GT. I told them about 152 mph and even the customized performance H-D'ers were surprised.
Last edited by GMack; May 17th, 2009 at 9:32 am.