Hi OnazoomerF. To be precise, the F800 isn't as smooth as the GW basically because of the engine design. The parallel-twin's crankshaft is at 360º (as well as the Triumph Bonneville's I think), while the Zumas is at 180º. This was done by BMW to remind the R-type boxer's behaviour, and that of course causes higher vibrations, which increase lineally through the rev range. For example, cruising at 5-6000 rpm in 6th gear in the Zuma is smoother than doing it in the Beemer at 3500 rpm, vibrations being noticeable mostly in the handlebars, but also in the seat. Nevertheless, I don't find them annoying, it's part of the bike's personality
Besides, drive belt and superior length and suspension make it smoother to ride in any other aspect.
I also found the Inazuma a great bike indeed. I think that the problem was being the first one... and me still needing more in many aspects. I'm about to hit mi 50's, but it was my school bike for over 4 years (late biker
) and taught me a lot (even being a car driving instructor as I am). But needs not only in commuting (70 kms a day in the highway) but also when riding for fun or trips (almost 500 kms in a day in the mountains a few weeks ago for fun, over 1000 kms in two days last year reaching Portugal's border from Madrid), made the need for a bigger bike. CB500X was my first choice, V-Strom 650 probably the best one (if I was taller
), and if the Inazuma had 20-25hp more and ABS... would have been definitive.
I absolutely agree that our circumstances lead us to want something different. Inazuma was the perfect choice when I bought it (I just needed 15 minutes riding her to know it), but now times are changing... and sometimes you know you have met your partner right when you find her, it happened to me again with the GT.
Missing the light and nimble Zuma though... who knows in 10 years