After a quick read of this conversation, my thoughts are that this is more of a rant about those with short legs (like me). And...perhaps the willingness of BMW engineering and marketing departments to essentially write off us short inseam riders as insignificant... Or, perhaps they are heavily invested in the huge aftermarket businesses that thrive by assisting us short folks to compensate for our... "shortcomings?"
IF (big if), I ever decide to shop for another motorcycle (I'm 74 years old)...instead of all the technical gadgets, push-buttons, whiz-bangs, and gizmos... I now know to pay heavy attention to "SEAT HEIGHT." For nearly two decades, I rode a very reliable "chugger cruiser." Although it outweighed my RT by over two hundred pounds, and about half the horse power, and could go only about 130 miles without refueling, I rarely ever had to worry about where to park it. It was no where near as nimble as the RT, nor as quick to stop. No Tachometer, or fuel gauge, and certainly no adjustable windshield, just a solid old 1100 V-twin Honda.
I bought this 2011 RT Premium edition at a bargain. However, all the stuff I have (and continue to do) to make it work for me has pretty much offset the perceived savings in the initial bargain. I really don't have lots of regrets (so far), but it does have me wondering if this is my last bike? Will this cure my longing to continue enjoying the road on two wheels? I enjoy other pursuits, like my vintage vehicles, gardening, livestock, and wrenching on things.
For years, I enjoyed and rode horses, but in 2005, I sold my last horse. My saddle(s) now displayed on a rack. I'm content to leave them there. Great memories, and no regrets.
I only hope that when the day comes, I can walk away from my bike with the same contentment.