They are terrible bikes to some. It's almost the wrong mix of modern and archaic technology. Boxer engines practically from the 20's combined with modern materials and electronics. They are not just heavy but also top heavy and enjoy falling over. ABS system is difficult to work with at best. They somewhat known for being unreliable, especially in the rear end. The engine is clanky and noisy, and you never quite know if it's eating itself or running perfectly. However, when you're riding down the interstate at 85 mph smoothly at 4-5k rpms fairly comfortably, and then later traversing a somewhat technical mountain road full moderately sized stones and deep ruts on the same bike and somehow dont fall over, you kind of fall in love.
I replaced my quick and reliable '09 Kawasaki KLE650 Versys (which had replaced a slow and less reliable specimen of '01 XT225 [just that particular bike had issues, XTs are great]) for something that'll probably leave me stranded at some point. So far I got about 7000 miles on it, mostly from commuting and crossing between El Paso and Houston. I did the 600 mile break in service at the dealer, then half of the 6000 mile service myself and half at the dealer, I'm hoping to complete the entire 12000 mile service myself by the time it comes around, as to avoid those 200$ wallet drains. Not that it's difficult, I'm just lazy. I'm sure any one with a GS probably spends some time at advrider's GSpot. I mostly just lurk around here lately because I've been working on my truck a bit recently.
Wondering if there are any other R1200 GS or GSA owners that hang out around here. Search didn't turn up too much that was recent.