Originally Posted by Davy F
I presume you haven't had a ride on a 1200 then ? They fitted a balance shaft into that motor which makes it pretty smooth, especially compared to a Versys.
I have ridden an R1200RT and the word "agricultural" comes to mind. It was better than the R1150RT and R1150GS, but the change was incremental. For the kind of dough BMW's cost, they should be exemplary in every detail. The character of the boxer configuration doesn't speak to me.
FWIW, I rode my Versys to and from a test ride on an R1200RT and I found my Versys smoother. The RT had a sweet spot for cruising, but you had to keep it there. It vibrates on acceleration which was annoying especially in hilly terrain. The RT comes with all the touring goodies, it is wonderfully light for such a big bike, and it handles nicely despite it's vague front suspension, but the motor spoils it. For me, anyway.
All of that said, I won't dismiss the water-cooled boxer out of hand as I haven't ridden it. The GS is probably too tall for me anyway. A new RT with the water-cooled boxer is on the way, and I'd like to ride one.