Hello, Started with a Honda Steed 400 back in 2003
I Switched to a Yamaha R6 2005 in 2007. That's when I joined a group of friends on a 8000km round trip for 15 days, from Cyprus, crossing Turkey, Greece, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia and Croatia. The group had R1200GS's and Varadero's and when I saw how comfortable they were, made me want to try.
I then tried the Honda XLV 700 Transalp and got me hooked.
Went all the way to KTM 990 Adventure R, amazing machine but ran into so many issues. (Was driving around 45k km/ year)
I concluded to the BMW F700GS (Having test driven the R1200GS, which I have to say had an amazing suspension and engine sound but it felt too bulky) and that was the most enjoyable bike I had to date. I was working for 4 years in the US and never had a bike since then.
Now back in Europe, chose to live in Switzerland and the old love of driving motorcycles in twisties was revived.
Having in mind reliability and needing an axle so I don't maintain a chain, made me choose a 2015 Crosstourer. I am impressed by the V4 and overall quality of the bike.
Not as refined (gear changes or cruising idle sounds nor wind protection / suspension as the BMW) but it's growing on me. I prefer a machine that is of high built quality and works vs anything else :)