As nice as the GS is, I just won't have the time to put it to full use outside of the city and go for long adventure rides. The R is more fitting for what I plan to use it for and it's definitely going to be more affordable than the GS model.
I want the GS for the simple fact that it's more versatile than the R model. If I ever decide to take it on a long trip or off road, I'll have the option to do so, but the same can't be said for the R model.
I don't believe the GS is worth the extra money or weight penalty. As for wind protection, I figure neither model was designed for long distance high speed touring. I think the Kawa Versys 300 woild be better for cruising to a destination. The adventure bike craze reminds me of SUV's that are styling exercises
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