Yep I agree with Hutch... The Suzuki is a lovely bike and everything is reasonably cheap from buying.. modding.. running costs..etc.. Very unlike BMW...!!That's on my agenda, but it's hard to find dealers here in Florida that allow test rides, specially on the Japanese bikes. Thanks.
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Before I tested the Gsxs I tested about 4 other bikes and really enjoyed the BMW, I found the more pliable suspension and very good throttle a real joy and if I had been a couple of years older and not tried the Gsxs then probably would have bought one. BUT for sheer riding enjoyment and the adrenaline rush it had to be the Suzuki.
And a good choice it was too
The current boxer motor is rated at 125 hp and 92 lbs torque. I test rode a 1200 RS a few months ago and thought it f'g ripped! It was fast and extremely nimble. Not quite up to the GSXS but it's a true sport tourer. I believe redline was 9,000 rpm, not really low-revving IMO. For that HDs get the nod. They come flying apart at 5500.Worth noting is the performance difference between the two. Unless you love low reving tractor motors, you;ll hate the BMW.
In fact, over on the Ninja 1000 forum, a member sold his 2011 ninja and bought a brand new 1200 rs. Within a week, he was back at the Kawasaki dealer trying to get his old ninja back. Of course, when a trade in is worth 15,000 and the bike you want is 6000, that deal will never work.
He said it was slow, heavy, and soulless (the bmw).
In this case, one bike has 100 horsepower, the other, 150. If that thought makes you smile, you'll dislike the BMW.