New to 1200GS, but not new to BMWs. (I have about 20+ years riding all kinds of BMWs) I had been riding a 1200RT and loved the 'creature' comforts. But recent conversations with other BMW riders, Iron Butt riders, and a few riders just back from Alaska, convinced me to switch to a GS. I found a 2008 R1200GS-- with 18K miles at a good price. Can't wait to put many, many miles on it.