Hi, was at the annual winter bike show here and saw both new models. Must admit I was prepared to be skeptical, in all honesty couldn't be. The GTL drew the most attention by far, even the boys from the dark side were giving it a long look see and very few derogatory remarks. It is heavier than my '07RT and more complex but did not see it as intimidating size wise. One of the staffers told me sixteen orders were taken at the show in Toronto. Only concern would be servicing costs as has been mentioned. If BMW's intent was to produce a smooth, high speed luxury type tourer, imho they have hit a home run.