Ok. Today I was really excited. I was going to be riding a F700GS, a R1200GSW, and a R1200RTW.
My current ride is a 2008 RT.
Your mileage may vary, but for me these are my findings...
F700GS - nice little bike, great throttle response, virtually no weather protection, felt vulnerable at speeds greater than 100 kmh. For me, great little around town bike, wouldn't want to go long distance.
R1200GSW - I really, really, really wanted to love this bike. It is what I've been dreaming about. Very good seating position. Could stand up on pegs nicely. Reasonable weather protection. Good throttle response and other goodies. However, overall was NOT comfortable for me. Handlebars too wide, sit too high, noisy in the wind...Extremely disappointed and very sad to say, this is likely not the bike for me.
R1200RTW - in a word - WOW. I'm not sure I can even put in words how SWEET this bike was for me to ride. Very comfortable, lower to the ground than my current RT, felt lighter and more nimble, amazing throttle response. Great power curve, very comfortable seat, I could go on and on and on! Bottom line, I felt like this bike was an extension of me. Two things I did not like, the silly little thumb switch for turn signals (ugh they blew it by eliminating the two paddles), and the side stand deployment. This is highly likely my upgraded bike sometime in the future.
I have to say again, I was disappointed about the 1200 GSW - I really did want to love riding that bike.
Oh well, at least one fits like a fine leather Italian (German) glove.
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