Originally Posted by Pampero
In respect to cost I found the MTS less money than the GS similarly equipped, though I think you could make an argument that the GS's panniers are worth more money
I was quoted $22K OTD on a loaded Rallye Edition (that's how they come anyway), ABS, ESA, bags, etc. I got the Multi for a couple grand less than that OTD. Had I paid list, the difference in price would not have been worth arguing over, perhaps amounting to a couple of hundred busks in favor of the Multi. The number probably look better for a standard GS, but they are both of a class in my opinion. Am I missing something?
Removing the drama, a similarly equipped GS (forget the Rally which is higher in cost due to the paint) comes in around $18,200, a MTS12st around $18,900 (subtracted $1k for the cost of the panniers). Both have electronic suspensions, ABS, heated grips, center stands, and hand guards.
One goes faster and handles better than the other. One I personally have a lot more confidence in.
Buy whatever bike suits you and your riding needs best.