If you can afford a GS-A, probably tire budget isn't an issue. BMW lists the base price as $18,200, which is actually $150 less than last year's model. However, BMW's people admit that almost no base machines actually make it to America. The "uptake" rate on the machine fitted with the Premium package is 98 or 99 percent. The Premium package includes contents of the Touring and Technology packages. In that case, budget for $21,550, which includes Dynamic ESA, four ride modes (two only on the base bike), the LED headlight, cruise control, tire-pressure monitoring, a mount and wiring for the BMW Navigator 5 GPS (but not the $800 unit itself), heated grips, saddlebag mounts. In comparable trim, the new machine is $1,055 more expensive, but carries $1,325 of additional equipment.