Just sharing some experience from overseas; so after owning a 2012 Kawasaki ZX14R for 1 year and 18,000kms later I decided to sell it and get a used 2008 GSA from the local Ducati dealer's trade in fleet. It was a more logical choice in Hong Kong where the max speed limit is 110kph on the highway connecting the city to the airport. Being a new dad it was starting to make me feel guilty from all the risks the bike just puts me in by taking over my throttle wrist everytime I start the engine for the commute; over take every car and redline every gear (well the first 2 anyway). The wake up call was when I got pulled over doing triple the speed limit on a highway by an undercover police 5 series; was lucky I was going so fast the cop admitted he didn't get time to turn on his chase camera or clock me as I blew off his mirror and he appreciated the fact that I stopped even though I was half a mile away by the time he reacted and turned on his sirens. Thought to myself I could've been taking the bus for the next 6-12 months (and I guess if I was in BC I can consider my bike Crown property?) from that situation and decided maybe I'm not mature enough to handle the ZX14R.
So it was a moment of to say goodbye to the ZX14R but also a as I thought sweet, bike shopping again! Prior to the Kawa I rode a Vstrom for 6 months (until electrical problems with my particular bike drove me to trade it in) and a VFR before that. I figured I won't miss the sport/sport-touring riding position and quite enjoyed the Vstrom dual sport. So off I clicked on the local online motorcycle trading site. Saw a few ads and one 2008 GSA caught my eye; it had the factory panniers and top box, some touratech bits (clutch/brake reservoir protectors, skid plate). It was being sold by the local Ducati dealer so I expected a steeper than private sale price. Went in, talked to them and surprisingly they offered quite a big discount when they saw I was very serious. But it was only the first bike I looked at so I told them thanks but give me some time... looked at another cheaper (by 15%) 2006 GSA but read up some of the improvements they did in 2008 (no more servo assist brakes) and decided the 2008 with the Touratech bits (the 2006 didn't have the driving lights either) was worth the money. There was also a regular 2008 non-adventure GS for cheaper but I figured if I was gonna go with a heavier bike, I might as well go the whole way.
The Ducati dealer also had a 2011 Multistrada which was almost the same price as the 2008 GSA (shows how BMW holds their values compared to Ducatis ) but I thought to myself, the Ducati would get me into the same sort of trouble as the ZX14R, a detuned 1098 engine wrapped in a dual sport disguise. Don't get me wrong I know the GSA is stupidly fast compared to a lot of other bikes and cars, but I think the GSA is a bike different from the multi or sportbikes where you get an enjoyment simply cruising in it rather than needing to keep it on the boil to get any enjoyment.
So last Friday I took out what I was ready to pay in cash to counter offer the dealer; I knew they were a bit desperate since the bike has been sitting there for almost 3 months, not to stereotype (I'm of Chinese descent myself) but the average height of HK people doesn't really meet the requirement to handle the GS comfortably (the previous owner had bought the extra low seat but thank God didn't lower the bike like the previous owner did to my old Vstrom). Ended up paying the exact price on the sales contract that they paid the previous owner for it. It's got TKC80s on it right now which I think is pointless in Hong Kong, though I'll have some fun with it on a stretch of gravel road from my village house to the main road every day. Will switch to Anakee 3s when they wear out.
Looking forward to the faces on my Sunday ride buddies faces when I show up in the GSA; the group is mostly Aprilias, Ducs, Japanese big 4, with a few Norton and Enfields and even a Sunbeam thrown in the mix. They used to make fun of me for the comparatively massive Vstrom and then the ZX14R wait till they see the GSA in full touring luggage LOL
Couldn't sleep at 4:30am here right now keep thinking of the pick up time after 6pm today LOL haven't been this giddy.... yet not even for the ZX14R LOL
I figured if I was ever going to make my way back to Canada, the GSA would be the bike I want to import back with me.
Oh and a shout out to Dat Louie if he's a frequenter of this forum; took his course at Action (Now Pacific Riding School) and it's kept me accident free for a decade so far across 2 countries.