Another note on the 1200/1250R. Some might find the seat to peg distance a bit cramped. I lowered the pegs on my 1200R, but ground clearance then became a concern. I did also try a couple of windscreens, and I never really found a level of wind protection that was acceptable to me.
I then bought a used RS, and that solved the wind management problem, but it just wasn't very comfortable after a 2-3 hours. It did have risers, though not the handlebar conversion, which I assume would be an improvement.
That's when I test rode the XR and GS. Loved the thrill of winding the XR out, but it did the I4 high frequency buzz to an unacceptable level for me. Finally the GS (though not as nice looking as my R or RS), offered the best mix of capabilities. Very comfortable, versatile, handling in my opinion is the best out of the bunch, better than my R/RS and the XR I rode. The telelever front end is what separates it from that pack. The wide bars, tele front end make it quite a weapon in the canyons.
Though not the sexiest bike, it is a bike that I have really bonded with because I marvel at how well it does so many things. Just a stonkingly great bike. AS GS's go, I think mine is pretty sharp looking.
Last edited by lieu910; 11-29-2019 at 08:52 PM.