Go for the lightest bike that fits the bill, in this case, the BMW R1200GS.
Or the best bang for the buck- Super Ten.
Or the most power- 1200 Explorer.
Or the most, uh, unique- Stelvio.
All have their strong points, all are highly-rated. Have fun making up your mind.
I test rode the S10, and had a chance to ride the GS and the TEX back to back.
Like offcamber said praticality and value of the S10 is why I keep going back to it. I like the stability of the ride and it's probably the best jack of all trades. The word VALUE on the S10 needs to be written in uppercase.
The GS is an awesome bike, probably the best overall best for a lot of reasons. However, I was dissappointed with the feel of the boxer engine. I have to test ride the 2013 with the liquid cool engine. It is also the most expensive.
I was not considering the Stelvio. I want to check it out before I make my mind. However, it is more curiosity than anything else.
This was my experience when I test rode each:
S10 Great bike but I want o test others to see if this is the one.
1200GS And you have to pay that much for thiis, really?
TEX I'm in love again
I hope I dont lose my license on this
Requests for quotes are going out. Ill keep you all posted.