Originally Posted by digdesign
If you plan to ride only asphalt and around town consider getting a 1200GS. You'll be much more comfortable on such a long haul.
I will agree with this aspect of your post contrary to ChiTown and Soph9. I would imagine that the number of seat and screen swops that people have experimented with to make the 1200GS comfortable for long mainly asphalt tours pales into insignificance when compared to the 650/800GS's. The 1200GS is, in my opinion, far better equipped straight from the starting gate for long distance asphalt hauls. If only the darn thing wasn't so heavy.
That's not to say that the 650/800GS's aren't up to the job but I don't believe that is what digdesign was meaning to say.