I've owned 3 of them, including a '96 R11GS and a '02 K12RS. All were in mint condition and that's the problem. You end up fretting over the smallest thing knowing that the bill will really hurt. When the clutch replacement estimate came back on the GS at over $2,000 (with only 7K miles on the clock and a leaking seal), I knew I had to look elsewhere for something more reliable and carefree. When the BMW dealer said that they didn't want to work on my "old bikes," that sealed the deal.
I had been looking at the Versys on paper since '07 and it didn't disappoint when stacked against the others, so out went the beemers and in came the '10 V and I'll never look back.