I didn't get the MCN article either. Examples:
The FJR has a very
wimpy stator output if you like to add extras like lighting, electric clothing, etc. Very good to have more umph!
for touring. Almost a 2:1 win for the BMW over the FJR with regards to watts.
MCN didn't care for the suspension as much? Didn't get that either as Fred Rau (another Moto journalist) said he was dragging his elbows on cornering. Then Fred said out of 300 test bikes he's ridden, the GT is in his top five. No dragging stuff in corners is very nice.
ESA is a pure win over the FJR.
No mention of the niceties, one verses the other, like cruise control, heated seats, on-board computer.
And what was the omission to power about? The BMW is FASTER!
(which is surprising as BMW is 100 cc smaller and has never been big in the speed department verses Yamaha. With the wimpy alternator in the Yamaha (which should translate to higher hp numbers), what's wrong with the Yamaha powerplant?
I agree about Searle having something bugging him about BMW. If he could lambaste anything wrong with the marquee, it should be BMW-NA and their poor (i.e. sparse) dealer network.
.... but then again, he could have lambasted Yamaha for lack of dealers' having one to ride nor being able to just go in and buy one without having to pre-order and wait for it to show up. Price differential? More goodies = more wampum. I'd rather have a Viper over a Vette too.
Fwiw, the seemingly low numbers of GT's out there (<500 in U.S) is probably more than the number of new '06 FJR's running around. Never seen the AE (paddle shifter model) silver one running around. I did run into one Oz rider of standard-shift one and he wished he had waited for the GT.