Originally Posted by jpalamaro
Bored again David?
Actually John, no. I have too much going on for that!
My question is quite sincere. Iím curious, not so much about the qualities, design and capacities of the new GT, but about itís intended audience, and who the participants of this board think that might be.
Generally speaking, none here can legitimately criticize BMW engendering and technical prowess. Itís obvious to us all that BMW builds good stuff that lasts. Parts may fail, but thatís expected, and not a significant point of discussion.
And as to the issue of cost, well, truly, this is significant [only] to discussions of personal, financial mobility and maybe, personal ethics. Our relationship to money has no bearing on anything but our own relationship to money.
As a potential GT customer Iíve asked myself over and over if my riding style will FIT THE BIKE, not the other way around. Iím a living, breathing human being, and I can adjust. Iíll change over the years. The GT will not. It will be what it will be for as long as it will be. So it seems right that I ask myself if Iím right for IT rather than if itís right for me. (Thereís a subtle difference here, if you get the point.) In this regard, I should have asked this question before buying the KS, and it appears you should have as well. Although neither of us may have regrets with our choice to buy the S, had we known more about the intended K1200S audience, and used that information to make an educated guessÖwell, you wouldnít be conflicted over keeping it and I wouldnít have sold. It was fun, but so too are occasional lovers, but break-ups are never cheap.
My question, again, is WHO is the GT made for? Is it made for you? I donít know. Is it made for me? It appears the GT is designed for comfortable, FAST, long range, bags-packed-to-the-hilt-take-a-week-or-two-long-range-touring. Itís not a camperís bike. Itís not a Barkalounger-bike. Itís not an around-town-errands bike. It wonít cross a stream. Itíll look silly on the track. Itís not as plush as the LT. So, whom did BMW make the GT for? Any ideas?
As for me, when Iím no longer interested in working, with lots of time on my hands, then, maybe, the GT will make sense. For now, it doesnít.