I guess it lived up to the hype?
Nothing really, the previous model GS800 was closest, with the rear fuel tanks and weight/power as Ryan mentioned, I've never owned a BMW so cannot comment on reliability.I enjoyed the review. Not a bike for me...but the thing looks fun....and what else can you buy that'll perform like that and be reliable in that class?
I think they only do it here....in Europe some of the models come with not the orange shaky lights (xsr900 for example). I think it has something to do with NA needing orange turn signals. So they reach for the parts bin....Can't believe Yamaha is still sticking those floppy POS chili pepper signals on $10k bikes. Mine already come loose from road riding.