I did my first long trip on my new (to me) '07 R12GS. Went from N. VA up to Ohio and put in a total of 850 miles in 3 days. So, a couple of impressions. First, she just runs great (and got about 47 mpg) and love the sound of my Remus exhaust. Also very comfortable. Second, and this is important, a heated seat can be much more than a gimmick! Through cold rain and just plain cold (in the 30's) that heated Corbin was just great. I was only wearing jeans and a warm keister really made the difference between pushing on and having to pull over for the night. I also give high marks to my Tourmaster Transition 5 jacket. Warm enough even without the liner and completely waterproof. My only complaint/concern is my problem and not the bike. It's absolutely at the max height I can handle. I'm about 5'11" and any maneuvering is on tip toes! I refuse to give in and have it lowered though, I'll learn to live with it. The Metzler Tourance tires performed well in dry and wet. That's about it. She doesn't look like a thoroughbred stallion but sure is a reliable, sure-footed mule!