The soul of a motorcycle...what exactly is it? Well fortunately, or unfortunately, whichever way you choose to look at it more than likely means, quirky, or just simply different. Ah la Moto Guzzi's. (not that they are bad or less good mind you) I have owned and ridden many bikes over my lifetime and the soul aspect always comes down to some quirk, fault, or other thing(s) that seperates a bike from the herd and enderes it to owners. GS's have always had it for these reasons, and the new one will too...it will now be for different reasons than the A/C GS's. The new wasserboxer being more like every other bike does not diminish soul IMHO. My current VFR 800 has soul...but it comes from the engine and its V4 character. There really isn't another bike out there like it. The ST and the Aprilia are different in their feel. The Triumph Tiger Explorer I demo'ed also had character. Again, it came from the engine, in its tripleness, its sound, rough idle, rocks in the crank case feeling, but at the same time managing to be very smooth and powerfull. The new GS will be much the same in that its critical essence flows form the boxer layout and its feel...I think it'll be a winner and a great bike.