I'd get the Triumph too. The Beemers a nice bike but too rich for my blood. I'm afraid and it and the Yamaha also have more gee-wizz electricery than I need on a bike. Since my idea of an all-rounder is pretty much a sportbike with better ergos and some bags the Trumpy is right up my alley anyway.
I hear ya. I never tour 2-up anyhow, so my WeeStrom with big marsee 20L tank bag and massive Pacsafe tail bag, plus heated grips and vario screen tours just fine from Baja to Montana/Canadian border -- and laughs at the gravel and potholes ta boot -- so it's more than enough for me. That said, the the upcoming BMW F800 series looks to be a sweet sport-tourer that won't break the bank and has enough power for most.
Uh, the K1200GT motor does not have a 22 year history. The flying brick that is 22 years old is only used in the K1200LT full zoot tourer. The S and GT motors are only a couple of years old and bear no resemblance to the the other motor other than displacement and the fact that they are four cylinder motors.
What is it with the tests of other sport tourers vs. the cluthchless FJR? Few of the shiftless bikes will be sold, and it's a dog compared to the shifty. I'd LOVE to see a straight up review of these bikes. (If there is one out there, let me know!!)
Excellent review. I had an 06' GT, that after over a month in the shop, BMW couldn't fix a fueling issue. I now have an 07'. It's running a lot better. There really is no competition to this bike, maybe the new Kawi?
A couple of points:
- The stock seat SUCKS! It's by far the worst seat on any bike I've owned. I'm not sure how you found it to be perfect??? I can do 8 hr days on my 07 Tuono(stock seat), but 20 minutes in the GT seat has me fidgeting. You won't find anyone on a beemer board that likes the stock seat.
- The 07' brakes are a LOT better. They dumped the servos. A lot more transparent ABS system. Better feel and more linear.
I put almost 50K trouble free miles on a 1200 Trophy before it got totaled and 8k on my '06 T 100 so far so I'm familiar with the brand. I'd also be happy with a previous generation Sprint for a day to day bike and keep my Bonnie for a play bike.