I was 12 hours from pulling the trigger on a GS1250 when I bought my FJR instead. I rode one about 20 miles and was impressed with it. Ultimately I didnít want to pay the $6-7,000 extra it would have cost me, and I wanted to be done with Euro bikes....which I had three of at the time. Iím not back to all Japanese.
Glad your happy with the R? Why not the RS? BTW, I do sort of have a lighter Sport Touring bike. I have a 2020 Ninja 1000SX.
Congrats on the '20 Ninja 1000SX. I was actually very focused for some time on the idea of the newly-redesigned Ninja 1000SX with its new features and tech -- and, again, hard panniers and screen, plus even sportier -- but the two test rides I took just didn't quite sell me on it, which was actually a bit of a surprise and disappointment...for a good while there, it was my default bike as it looked great on paper, but it just somehow didn't fit me quite right. Just as well, I suppose, as the insurance rates I was quoted on it -- for a fifty-something homeowner with a clean driving record and 40 years of riding experience -- were absolutely insane. Then I looked at the BMW F900XR and the Tracer GT...but didn't want the taller ADV stance of the bikes. Started considering naked bikes, and looked at the Honda CB1000R, the Yamaha MT10, Ducati Monster 1200, and a few others. All fell short for me in some regard.
Then toward the end of my hunt I actually did try the BMW R1250RS, and the aggressive ergonomics were all wrong for me and the longer wheelbase (or rake? or trail?) negatively impacted the handling, even though it had everything else going for it. Then I tried its naked roadster brother, the R1250R, and was instantly smitten. No, it doesn't have much wind protection at the moment (have a small flyscreen on it), but I got used to that fast...clean air can be surprisingly quiet and unobtrusive when there's not a big shield chopping it up and buffeting your helmet. But as a sport tourer in disguise, it does have brackets all set for for OEM panniers for whatever touring I might have in mind...may pick those up next year, if I can swallow the $1K price tag.