Would be nice to see the Versys 1000 and Crosstourer here in the States. I would be really temped by the new Honda. But I think it's an auto and I still want to shift gears.
The Tiger 1200 Explorer is actually quite a nice bike. Sat on one today. The drivetrain has been raved about. They are expensive though, about the same as a Tenere. A base 'strada is near there, just a bit more. A base GS isn't that far off either.
Dealer was sold out of 800's. Actually they had one XC in black, I was looking for a T800, the roading one with alloy wheels and tubeless tires. A lot of bike for the money.
That's one of the reasons the Versys is so popular - look what you get for the money. Performance, 5gl fuel, good ergos, solid dependability. It's no slouch if you want to twist the throttle.
I test rode a GS and thought it a bit clunky. I dunno, I guess I would get used to it. It doesn't seem exciting enough to me. It's like riding an airplane engine. I thought first was too tall. And their stock seat isn't any better than the versys one.
Every time I look at new bikes I have to look at what I've done to mine to make it better. It's all dialed in and its such a fun bike to ride.
2009 V - custom black-on-black - SOLD
Last edited by CJBROWN; 06-22-2012 at 09:19 PM.