After 4 years with a K1200S, this is a definite, but not huge, improvement. Sweeter steering and greater torque are the first things obvious. I disagree with the MCN test on 2 points. The quickshifter is brilliant and well worth the money. Also, I expected problems after those adverse tyre comments by the MCN tester, but in reality the Sport Attack tyres are fine: they turn in well and grip tenaciously in wet or dry, just as good as any of the many tyre brands I tried on the K1200S, and I do push them hard. On the minus side, the handlebar switchgear has failed already. A seriously quick but ever so civilised express. And, good grief, what brakes!