Yesterday I went to a BMW demo ride, hoping to try-out an F850GS, and started a 25 minute ride at just after 1600. Here are a few observations:
compared w/ the F800GS and F700GS that I tried out before buying my first V650 (back in '08), where I felt that the 800 and 700 were NOT as good as the V650, thus influencing my decision to buy BIG RED, THIS time I have to say I was VERY impressed w/ the Beemer.
It's a TOTALLY new engine w/ a 270 degree crank, smooth and powerful, and the gas tank is where its SUPPOSED to be - in front of you. There's a TFT color display (VERY nice!), and it's geared 14% higher than is the V650 - 80 mph @ 5,000rpm vs 70 mph in the V. There are many other positives for the BMW, but NOW for a BIG negative:
before taxes it was OVER $17,000 - about what I paid for BOTH my '08 and my '15 TOGETHER, from the dealers. I went onto their (BMW) site to see if I remembered the co$t$ correctly. List for the F850GS shows as about $13,xxx but I could NOT get it to "show" w/out the PREMIUM PACKAGE, bringing it to $16,6xx.
I BELIEVE I'll stay w/ BIG RED and the GREEN HORNET TOO.