Okay, so maybe not so serious with that title but can you cruise on this? Silly question, right? I tour often and I've been eyeballing one of these bikes for the longest time. I think they are just plain sharp and I love the new 2018 white color scheme. I just had a local dealer give me a really super nice trade offer to get a 2018 F, trading for my best motorcycle I've ever owned in my life (best among probably 25 or 30 bikes, I lose count), a KTM 950 Supermoto. Why would I trade the best motorcycle I've ever owned and loved for the last 24k miles in the last 2 years? Well, the bike is now getting to be 35k miles old and I'm getting to a place where I would like a little bit of fairing and also a decent bit better power to fuel economy. I recently completed a 3300 mile trip to Colorado and back. My KTM averaged about 32mpg and has a range of about 110-130 before the light. I've toured EXTENSIVELY on my KTM and loved it. But I felt like I half lived at gas stations on that trip. And after those 24k fantastic miles, the KTM has averaged about 31mpg. I'm starting to feel like maybe it's time to change. I'm attracted to the GSF for things folks on here will probably think are ridiculous or funny. I love that it's a bedrock proven platform and straight up boring in terms of issues. I love that it cranks out that much power and still manages 40mpg or more. I love that it seems on paper almost like an old man's sport bike. LOL.
Back on topic, one of many, many things I love about my KTM is it is a truly Jekyl and Hyde bike. It is happy to putter around and do the boring duties, and then rips nicely when called upon otherwise. It will troll along peacefully in the scenery, allowing you to soak in the ride, and then literally eat twisties when you get to them. I've owned some mega powered bikes before. My formerly 2nd gen modified FZ1 comes to mind. After mods it turned about 135 plus HP. That bike WAS NOT happy to cruise. It was constantly and forever begging you to go faster and faster. Riding it at slow speeds was not a joy. You did not enjoy the scenery. You did not take the whole of it in. In fact, I sold it in less than 2 weeks when I realized I was only riding it to go out and find places where I could go fast upon it. We all do that a little, right? But when a bike is not a joy to ride doing anything but that, then I know that bike is not for me.
So I ask, can the GSX cruise?