Just wondering, how is it that BMW, a maker of solid, slow, opposed twin-cylinder touring bikes ends up with a street/trail motorcycle (the new 1200GS) that weighs just shy of 500 lbs. wet, coincidentally, the same weight as the KTM 950 Adventure, a bike from a company that makes light, high performance single cylinder off-road motorcycles? Do the each of the components on each bike weigh the same, despite being radically different in design? KTM designed an all-new super-light V-Twin, but the bike is no lighter than that GS with the boat anchor opposed twin If the engine is lighter, where is the extra poundage hidden on the KTM? My 500 lb. KTM beast recently squashed my knee against a tree stump when I tipped the bike over on a tight trail. A week later and my knee still looks like an over-ripe eggplant :eek1 On the BMW, the outrigger sticking out the side may have saved my leg. (But then, I probably wouldn't have been on such a tight trail on the GS in the first place ) That's the KTM paradox. It's so good off-road that it makes you forget it weighs 500 lbs. Until it's too late. Inquiring minds want to know.