The revised front-end geometry and the general upgrading of the chassis make the new GS feel a lot newer than it looks. The front end is new in both the suspension unit and the rake. Steering-head angle is reduced from 27.1 to 25.7 degrees; consequently trail has gone down from 110mm to 101mm and the wheelbase has been reduced .5 inches to 59.3. The new steering geometry is not only more modern and responsive, but also improves weight distribution. A slimmer tank at the junction with the seat moves the rider forward, further improving weight distribution. These changes make the steering more neat, precise and responsive while still feeling solid; despite its tall (34.3-inch) seat height, the new R1200GS is a natural leaner around even very tight corners. It feels surefooted, with great feedback through the grips, and is perfectly neutral and stress-free even when ridden hard.