The R is a machine on which I think a lot of previous GS owners would feel comfortable and will be surprised in a pleasant way (if they're tall enough :-).
It's a very civilized and well balanced bike and a real multi purpose tool.
Take it easy with your right hand and it's a comfortable touring bike that handles way better than a 1200 GSA. Use it's potential and you'll be suprised by the speed, it's really Multistrada quick, which is rediculously fast (I used to have one). Bike is amazingly good. Didn't take it off-road yet but this bike really does invite you to do so.
GVWR screwed with this post 03-25-2013 at 01:17 PM