As you mention two bikes I'll stick to that. The Varadero drinks fuel, but is a terrific bike. It is really a tall long distance road tourer however. And heavier than most. As a Honda, you can expect the best reliability. (I refer to different polls over the years, not my opinion).
The BMW is all of this, but perhaps a little less reliable, and has a lower C of G for a bit of off -road. The horizontally opposed twin offers easier maintenance access.
I don't ride these machines, so I'm not promoting a favourite bike.
The BMW has often been seen as the best all round bike in its class. Again, not my mere opinion, but the result of various polls and reviews over a period of time.
Last edited by Caminando; 9 Aug 2008 at 14:27.