I am not a BMW fan. I've seen up close and personal many failures with Boxers. From final drive, shaft, trans, ABS and ECU crap outs. I've ridden all the R GS's since the R100, which I owned. I also owned a KLR. Rode one all over California and Baja and mainland Mexico back in the 90's. I was not overly impressed but the KLR never let me down. More than you can say about certain BMW's. :eek1 Recently, I rode a F800GS. Well shut my mouth! :huh This is one sweet BMW. I am totally sold on this bike. And guess what? The one I rode had 30K miles on it. At tick over it sounded like a brand new engine. I got to spend a couple hours on very technical, twisty wet roads with lots of redwood slop and mud on the road. A blast on the F800. The F800GS ate this shit up, all the while giving great, positive feedback. Wow! Not too touchy brakes, nice easy power with a bit of a kick at about 6 or 7 grand. Not much torque, which is good when powering out of a wet up hill hairpin. Nice. The front suspension was magic. P L U S H! I'm in. The KLR would be a good RTW bike. Like someone said, somewhat expendable. For riding somewhere in the 3rd world the KLR might make more sense. Losing a $13K bike would be tough. Losing a 2nd hand, $3000 KLR is easier to handle. Overall, the riding experience on the GS is going to rock in most situations. Looks like this bike is going to be reliable. Quite a breakthrough for BMW. (and long overdue, IMHO) But what will happen when F800gS production shifts full time to China? :eek1 I'll be shopping for a nice, Made In Germany, used F800GS!