Definitely looks better in real life
Just back from the bike show in San Mateo, and BMW had the new R1200GS and HP4 to show. Although it is heavier it looks to me more compact, than the outgoing model. And yes you can sit on it .....
Didn't spent too much time, but the BMW guy was answering lots of questions and from what I overheard not all details are settled for the US model.