Having ridden for 30 years I've tried mega bikes with the'rush' of acceleration and sports bikes that tempt me to an early grave but realised that its the fun that counts, not the ultimate speed.
So, having run a Megamoto for a couple of months this is my experience and it isn't exactly what the press said.
Firstly comfortable it ain't. I weigh 15 stone before my kit and the shock needs virtually all preload wound off (with BMW's badly fitting c-spanner) to avoid a very jarring ride and achieve the recommended sag. Fuel range bad and getting worse; 'reserve' light at 65 miles and pushing by 100 miles. Quality disappointing with tarnished fittings after one wet ride/wash and headlight pointing to the sky with no means to adjust better (since fixed by the dealer with a file). So why 4 stars you may ask?
Well, its an absolute hoot to ride. So easy to steer at any speed like its hard-wired to your brain, and hugely stable apart from the little wiggle on the h'bars (which you come to trust) on full throttle / max revs.
If you enjoy exploring lean angles, you have to try one of these. It simply encourages you to take each bend sharper than needed, even on unknown roads. Its that easy. Whilst the chicken strips have gone now, the tyres do not inspire as much confidence as those on the bike I tested. It comes fitted as standard with Michelin Power and I think it warants Power CTs for extra reassurance and feel. After all, I'm unlikely to wear out the CTs with that fuel range...
The engine is a peach too if you appreciate twins, spinning free and fast (no balance shafts?) like no other BMW I've ridden before.
Value for money is worth pondering. Sure the head says you can get more for your money, but more of 'what'? Performance yes, quality probably, but the fun, the feel good, the good old satisfaction can't be doubted.
So recommended overall. Maybe just wait to they drop in price, as no doubt they will. After all, HP2 Enduros are being advertised for under 8 grand already.