Two Years! That's an awful long time to be selling "Vapor". <g> The launch of the K-S did seem like a long time coming, but there were some extenuating circumstances. First, the tease campaign was very un-BMW like and I bet they wish they could take that back. You know, the "Face-the-Power" tease, the compeition for the track-day in Germany, the press intro, and then dealer day. Second, that long pre-launch campaign was followed by the equally long recall of all the bikes last winter.
Actually, I think BMW is doing an amazing job, for a relatively small motorcycle division, of pumping new motorcycles and derivitives into the market. Initially, the fantastic 12GS, the all new RT, the HP2, the ST as well as the K-S. In fact, compared with the tease and delays of the K-S, the ST sort of came out of no-where behind the skirts of the RT and has functioned flawlessly. And don't forget the K-R; it jumped out from behind the screen at last year's Intermot to everyone's surprise.
So, who knows about the new "S" based RT/GT. There have been some rumors of last minute changes that may result in a somewhat postponed launch. For instance you hear about a new brake system competely different than on the present slant-fours and a different tranny to replace the cassette transmission in the K-S and R. Don't know, but I sure hope we see this bike hit the dealer showrooms early next year. There's one other item that might be a factor in getting this bike to market: behind this new bike, there will be a revised LT; at least it seems BMW would want all their "K" bikes to share the same engine archetecture.