Rode a GS650/800 today-no thanks!
Swapped with my buddy coming back from a 200 mile ride.
Things I liked; more leg room between seat and pegs, but my feet still touch the ground. Gear indicator, I know the V so well, its not an issue, but on a new to me bike was great to have. Heated grips, nice-might consider some of those. Bit faster and more responsive than my V. Option of ABS, would love that on my V.
Not so keen on; runs on premium fuel and gets almost identical mpg to the V. Not as nibble, maybe me being unfamiliar with it, but didn't turn as well in the twisties, longer wheel base probably. Felt heavy and top heavy, even though gas is stored low down. Liked the computer display and functions, but tach and speedo have tiny numbers. Indicator switch and cancel is totally crap (they do self cancel), but not intuitive or ergonomically right for me. Biggest issue for me would be the cost, new V about $7k, new BMW closer to 10k, it didn't have any added value to justify the cost differential.
Thanks Dick, you just saved me some serious change, I'm staying with the V. You on the other hand are considering 'upgrading' to the V!!
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