Originally Posted by Roadscum
I to had a test ride and agree with your assessment. When the motor is run in with a few thousand miles on it performance will be much better. this bike is on my short list because it is a high quality,comfy, economical sport tourer.
The F800 series was on my radar for a while until I sat on one, and realized that I'm probably a little too large for one at 6'3". I'd check out a GT for fun, but the ST felt just a little too tight for me. I think it looks like a very good bike, too. The weight is one of the biggest selling points, since you really don't need 900 lbs of bike to tour. I keep wondering if I could make a used ST work for me.
The way BMW does stuff, you won't be able to find one that doesn't have $3000 worth of options, so then you're looking at around $15,000, which puts it in pretty close proximity to some pretty well reviewed bikes: FJR, Concours, two V-stroms