The September 2013 issue of Rider contains the following statement in its water-cooled GS test:
As someone who hasn't considered a K-bike for a nanosecond since the initial 1985 experience of the feel of them, I'd query if this seems an accurate description of the new bikes to those with lots of previous boxer experience. Should it be said differently? I'm more concerned about feel than sound, as well-muffled is the best bet for a boxer twin in any event. Love the feel of boxers.Boxer enthusiasts may find it's missing some of the thumperish sound and feel of the former twins, and the vibration in the grips and seat has changed from a mid-frequency growl to a high-frequency buzz that seems to worsen as the bikes acquire miles.