Originally Posted by Domromer
The GS has been on my radar since 03 when I took a test ride and when I rode my bosses R80 Paris Dakar. So it's time for me to start doing some serious bike research again. I finally cleared some bikes out of the garage. Maybe it's time for a bike I've been into for years. The vstrom is a great bike and I'm on my 2nd one..they've just never really flipped my whig if you know what I mean.
Here's what it's all about. Life is short so ride what spins your crank, trips your trigger, etc., etc. Take a few test rides on a couple of different BMWs, decide what's important to you and buy one if you're so moved.
I rode a 650 Strom for 2 years/46k miles before buying my GSA, and mine was indeed a great bike without so much as one burned out light bulb during those miles. I missed numerous things in comparison to BMWs though (not the least of which was BMW's big alternators for easily powering heated gear and aux lights), and have never regretted buying my GSA.