I had wanted a GS since I read a newspaper article with a big picture of Gaston Rahier in the Paris-Dakar Rally in 1985. I was 24 at the time. I finally visited a BMW dealer in early 1995 and knew I'd have a GS some day. I lusted after a Ducati E900 briefly, but got a 93 R100GS that December. I wish I'd have kept that one. But, my R1100GS is better in most ways.
96 GS ~$1/mile