Rode for about 15 minutes on my way home, and that was taking the long way. Just a few observations:
- The bike actually vibrates at low RPM (< 2k).
- The bike is silky smooth above 2k RPM.
- The brakes are very strong, but not at all surprising in their operation. BMW has
done an excellent job with these.
- The handling is similar to my '98 K12RS, it drops into corners with surprising
eagerness, almost to the point of surprise. It'll take some getting used to.
- The suspension is astonishing by its lack of calling attention to itself. You just don't
even think about the road surface and its irreglarities. I look forward to playing
more with the various settings.
- Like my K12RS, the bike is smooth and powerful. You do not realize how fast it
is until you look at the speedo. I can't wait to wind it up and see how it performs
past 6k RPM.
- The side panels between my knees flex alarmingly. I am accustomed to squeezing the
tank with my knees when I brake, and I am not accustomed to the "tank" flexing!
- The color is darker than expected. Still, it's very pretty.
- The side bags are far nicer than those on my R11RT or my K12RS. The fit and
finish is nicer, and they are roomier.
- There are too many buttons on the hand grips. You can get yourself killed playing with
the bike computer.
- The wind protection is not as good as my RT, but I didn't play too much with the
windshield position (it's the tall version).
- Overall, the K1200GT is the perfect blend of my previous two bikes. It is as comfortable
as my R1100RT, and as quick as my K1200RS. I look forward to many more miles
to explore its capabilities.