I've owned the following bikes for long distance hauls: Kawi C14, Multistrada, R1200RS, Ninja 1000 and a ZX14. All were awesome bikes in their own way. I recently purchased a "B", because of back issues and though I really wanted to ride in a more upright position such as on a GS or an XR, my back just would not let me. When my dealer suggested taking the B out for a spin I was reluctant, luckily I have a a great relationship with my dealer and he allowed me to take home a used B for the weekend and I really found this bike to be very, very accommodating to my condition. It's really weird to me because the B's riding position is pretty much upright, I believe it works for me because of the rider triangle of the B. What I love about it that it does have the 1600 motor, ESA, cruise and all the other BMW tech. The B works and works well, I really like my B!
Yep, I'm a Girlyman and really happy with the B.
Love of all things with wheels and a motor