My dealer sells both BMW's and Triumph's. Today I took my '17 Bonneville T120 for service and took an R Nine T for a 45 minute test ride. I found this bike is not for me, I prefer both my RS and T120. Nevertheless, here are some of my observations. The WC Boxster engine is so much better: more power, smoother, more refined, easier to ride. The Air/Oil head has a lot of engine braking, it's not obvious to me why that would be, but it is. It's not a bad engine, it's just inferior to the WC Boxster is all aspects. This motorcycle is apparently very popular, but the reason is NOT because it is a better bike than the R1200 R. Perhaps price is the big attraction, but the one I rode listed for $16,900. It had the aluminum gas tank without the seam and fully adjustable suspension front and rear (manual adjustment). Another big attraction is the "Harley way" of offering various models at varying prices, appearances, and configurations. This is a marketing success, good for BMW. The bike rides well, is very competent, and I enjoyed it. I found it comfortable, too. I wanted to test it to see for myself what all the hype was about. My conclusion is that it is a marketing success for sure but the bike is not for me. The R1200 R is a much better naked bike. PS: They had just received a 2018 GS with the new instrument panel, WOW! I liked that a lot, I think BMW has a big winner here. Very large. Very clear. Very colorful.