I recently had a BMW K1200S 'loaner' for a day and a half while my own R1150R was being pampered in the Victoria Park Home for Expensive German Motorcycles. I only managed to get in about three hours actual riding in that time, so this is more a report of my initial impressions rather that a full blown test ride. So, for those who give a damn......... Lets cut straight to the chase, I was impressed, a statement I was frankly not expecting to make as I'm not a historical fan of the 'K' bikes. This one made me re-think that position. My first and over-riding observation is that it has simply awesome power delivery. I have never ridden a bike of any capacity or engine configuration that seems to be able to deliver all it's power anywhere in the rev range, and I do mean anywhere. The engine note is pure music too, sort of a turbine whine mixed with barking like a pitbull when you crack the throttle open. I didn't really get onto any serious twisties with it, so I can't really say I got to test the handling in any meaningful way. One thing I can say is that the handling is more like a 600 than a any litre plus bike I have ridden. The high-tech brakes were initially a bit intimidating, very snatchy. I did a few kangaroo hop stops until I got the 'feel' and then the sheer power of these brakes became apparent. One of the very few gripes I have also concerns the brakes. The Duo-lever steering has a pretty limited turning circle, and with the snatchy brakes this makes very slow speed manouvering/parking a bit of a challenge. I liked the riding position, but would have preferred the bars to be a little closer (I'm 5'8"), nothing a set of Verhollen bar mounts would'nt fix though. The seating and ergonomics were otherwise an almost perfect compromise between a sportsbike and a sports-tourer. Overall a very surprising and impressive bike that performs/handles nothing at all like it's appearance would lead you to expect.