as you know I picked up my '14 GS today there are pictures elsewhere and you can see that which I had added. By the time I left the dealership it was the time school was letting out and rush hour was beginning so my initial ride was 70 miles. I will add further comments as I write more miles to this thread. In advance of writing I want to thank everyone again for helping me to get past and through the last 10 weeks of my life since my shoulder surgery by allowing me to step inside your lives and live vicariously through them. as a background about me for those who don't know, I have owned 11 bikes and have ridden over 200,000 miles. I traded in my 2000 K1200GT and you can see which bike setup I still own. in the past I have also owned a 2005 R1200 GS and enjoyed that bike very much. you should know with the very first time I have ridden the water cooled GS was when I rode my new bike out of the parking lot. I did not find the bike much narrower than my 2005 which some folks have reported. I am 5'6" tall and had a 27 1/2 inch inseam. I bought the normal height bike with the low seat made by BMW. when sitting on the bike both of the balls of my feet are on the ground. When I stop at a light I always shift to the left putting my left foot down on the ground leaving my right foot on the rear brake lever and peg. there are 1 million thoughts about breaking in a motorcycle but I did maintain the bike under 5000 RPM at least for today because again there was traffic everywhere and the tires were green and I didn't want any surprises. of course the bike is more powerful than my 2011 GS adventure even before I stuck a 350 pound sidecar rig on the side of it . I will now list a few impressions of the bike and put more in this thread later after riding a lot longer this weekend: - powerful "enough" - typical boxer motor sound - fairly loud valve gear whine (a bit more than my '05 and '11, i think) - the wet clutch had a nice engagement zone and suited this bike well - the windscreen, 2/3rds of the way UP from the bottom was perfect for MY frame - i love the NAV V GPS... and, at 5'6" i could see THE WHOLE SPEEDO/TACH cluster - the BMW SMALL tank bag was very nicely made... rain coming this weekend so might be able to test the waterproof qualities is is said to possess - the tire noise (i have the anakee iiis) was VERY LOUD... as most of reported. i didn't like it... even heard with ear plugs... very odd - the brakes are typical BMW... strong, yet progressive... only 70 miles on the bike... more later the switchgear is fine... i'll never get used to this new era of "NON-BMW" turn signal placement and the HIGH BEAM switch isn't located to my liking, either because it is too far INboard, secondary to the CONTROL WHEEL for the GPS. - the LED light is great. but I think I must mention the following. My friend was riding behind me on his K1600 GT with the LED lights. a much sure a lot of you are aware that those lights are invisible to vehicles riding in front. They may throw a great deal of light at night and they may look cool in a picture but you really can't see them when looking at the bike in the daylight. The LED light on the new GS is fantastic but it isn't really is visible from a vehicle riding in front of you in the daylight as a traditional headlight assembly and that really aggravates me. Fortunately I installed Clearwater lights in the Erica version which can double as a plasma cutter if need be. - the bike was very nimble and although I have installed a lot of accessories still felt very light to me. - the vario cases are surely improved from those on my 2005 and they will be fine for me. I looked over every metal case available and I did not like the mounting systems in the asymmetric nature of their unattractiveness. Please remember that I will not be taking this bike off-road because of my 5'6" height and 27 1/2 inch inseam. I realize these cases are not as durable but that isn't relevant to me. I'm not fully convinced I won't change them for something more substantial. Had BMWs adventure cases already been available for their water cooled bikes, which they are not, I might have opted for those otherwise the black 38/31 L cases from touratech were the front runners for me. I will enter a lot more when I have more time on the bike at the end of this weekend but suffice it to say so far I am happy. If there are any individual questions about initial impressions please don't hesitate to ask me here. Again, I want to thank each and every one of those of you who have helped encourage me during my convalescence from shoulder surgery by allowing me to live vicariously through your adventures. I promise to do my best to return that favor.