This must be the year for the introduction of the “one platform/three bikes” theme. Kawasaki introduced three versions of its Vulcan 900 all in one model year (reviewed here on WRN); and now BMW unveils three versions of its new G 650 X platform in the same year. Genevieve test rides them and shares which one is her favorite.
I was in Barstow, California, the last fuel stop on a long, hot ride to Las Vegas. It was 9:00 at night. I just spent the last seven hours riding the 2005 BMW R 1200 GS across a very hot and crowded desert highway. When I finally got to the hotel and poured myself off the GS, I sat down and thought about what I enjoyed about this bike.