The August MCN arrived today at my house. Cover article was a model comparo of the Kawi Concours 14, Honda VFR1200F, and Yamaha FJR 1300. In that article, Kawi came out on top.
Immediately thereafter on page 24, MCN decided to add an R1200GS to the mix...and the beemer came out on top in every category except for one (Engine, Transmission (tie for 2nd), Suspension, Handling, Ergonomics and Riding Impression). Seems the GS was just along for the trip to cart stuff around.
Tester Don Searle said: "What a delight! Among all the four bikes in this comparison, the GS came in first in fun factor; grunt factor; comfort factor; sound factor; bells and whistles factor, and just plain ability to ride-fast-in-any-conditions factor. For my hard earned dollars this is the only one of the four I would buy, and probably comes in as my number-one pick for all-around best bike in the world."