Oh, but surely there's a massive price difference between a 650cc Japanese do-it-all and a Bavarian sport-tourer. And you're right. BMW starts bidding at $11,890, Kawasaki a mere $7,999. Moreover, our BMW tester had the Safety Package (including ESA II electronically adjustable suspension and traction control, called ASC) for $795, as well as the Luxury Package (including heated grips, an onboard trip computer, centerstand, and hard-luggage mounts) for $505. The GT's plastic hard saddlebags, keyed to the ignition, run an additional $868. When you include the $495 destination fee, our Dark Graphite Metallic GT carried a hangtag that said, somewhat breathlessly, $14,553.