Great discussion from everyone. My experience (48 years) has led me to believe the BMW is the best and does justify the expense as long as you use it for what it was made for. . . i.e. a great long distance machine no matter what model especially the R and K series bikes. If your going to pay the big bucks and your going to use it (5,000 miles or more a year) get the best. Too many people pay the bucks and those machines sit in the garage way too much and don't get used. Why not buy the Jab alternatives then? Cycle World never gets that. . . looks like I have matured out of that magazine and am ready for something more Consumer oriented, critical, practical etc. You can have my GSA when you can pry my dead hands off it. But I will stick with my cheap disposable DR650 since I only use it around our small town and dirt rides a couple times a year around Utah and Colorado.