Thank you for the welcomes, everybody.
My BKing was silver as well. I bought it at a big discount when the recession hit.
Recessions are good for some things, I guess.
Of course the BKing engine was a big pussycat. It seemed a LOT quieter than
the GSXS, and much faster. Being bad for brief moments on the GSXS, I have seen
maybe an indicated 105 mph. BKing speeds were often over 130, indicated. But I was
younger, probably a lot badder then--ha, ha. I don't think my license is in
jeopardy with the GSXS. It is very fun under 70 mph. A good thing. It is a street bike, right?
And the GSXS is a LOT lighter, more fun on tight roads, which is what I prefer.
The BKing could be hustled through turns at speed, but I remember the front
losing traction a time or two, and often gave the feeling that expensive rubber
was peeling off the tires trying to control the weight. (BKing was about 580 lbs,
the GSXS around 465?) The GSXS seems to demand less from its tires and the
(according to the computer) is great, sometimes almost 50 mpg. I didn't keep the
BKing more than a year.
I expect I will keep the GSXS for at least 10, probably longer.