Yeah, late to the thread.
Would answer yes. More than that, have had one in the barn for two years.
Have ridden and owned some nice bikes, including a XX Blackbird adored for seven years. The K12S is one of the finest. Seriously. The sentiments aren't mine alone. MCN gave it one of the rare five stars. Motorrad Magazine gave it the highest
score for any bike, any make, ever
. It replaced the previous record-holder the great VFR.
It is one sophisticated and refined ride, with the finest I-4 exhaust note I've heard (Well, OK, except for the MV). Yeah, it will only do 170+ mph. If anyone comes close to these kinds of speeds away from the track they're stupid. If you're into track blasting, the bike has the second fastest lap at Nurburgring ever, only a few seconds behind an R1. Not saying it is the best track weapon. Thing is, this bike will hit a canyon with the best... with really only a rider being the diff, and also be able to take you to the next time zone in comfort. This is totally cool.
Toss in shaft drive, ABS, on the fly Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA - Awesome), heated grips, on board computer, accessory sockets, gear indicator, killer single sided swingarm, etc. and there is a real-worldness to this bike, a recognition BMW has that 99% of all sporting bikes never ever see a track
Yeah, it costs more... if you only look at the buy side of the transaction. There's also the inevitable sell. The other day I sold a Honda and a $$$BMW to buy a $$$bike. Was glad I had a $$$BMW to throw into the mix.
Opportunity area? The tranny is clunky, especially so with '05 and '06 model years. The taillight looks like a monkey's butt. This is about it imo.
Ha... from last week: