Took a demo ride on the Waterhead GS last Saturday. I am not a GS kinda guy. Dont want one, don't like em, and can't understand the hoopla about them. That said, That new bike is wicked fast, wicked light, and wicked pricey! Throttle response was like a light switch. (electronic? no manual cables). Clutch was smooth like a Japanese sport bike, (wet clutch?) but still had the famililar sledge hammer against an anvil feel to the gear changes. I was suprised at how effective that little bitty 'windshield' was. Did not like the 'motocross' width of the handle bars, but thats a GS thing I guess.
The motor was exceptionally smooth and quiet. And plenty powerful. Could easily lift the front wheel in the first 3 gears.
The speedometer and tachometer are microscopic in size, (at least for this old man) but the gear indicator is large enough to read from 15 feet away! It has Japanese bike style turn switches, which I do like
Is it for me?, nah, wouldn't want it, and if I won one, I'd sell it. But, I do appreciate that there are folks who dig em, and if that is you, this machine is very nice. And Wicked WICKED quick!