All in all, I would say that the GTS1000 is a pretty good bike, though for around $13,000, it should be. It exudes class and style, and with its optional hard bags, should be an accomplished sport-tourer. The front end takes some getting used to, but it seems to work well, and the engine is smooth and capable. Apart from the front-swingarm suspension, the GTS is really fairly unremarkable in every way—except for the price. And it's here that it may experience a few problems. For the same money, you can buy almost anything on two wheels, from a full-dress tourer to a state-of-the-art sport-bike. Sure, it's classy and exclusive, but it's really no better than a ZX-11, a CBR1000 or any other liter-sized sport-tourer. What you're paying for is a fancy front end. If you like it, that's fine; if you don't, then it's not.