Our roads will be good until Mid October/November if you have warm gear.
As for winterizing, it's the usual: fuel stabilizer (make sure it's one that works with ethanol), put it on the 3-point stand, move the tires every so often, keep the battery on a tender and cover it to protect the finish. Then sit pining over when you can take it out again.
Welcome, Arcane! I moved up from a G650gs and I found that the 1200, while heavier, was better balanced and easier to ride with a lower center of gravity and more power. You'll love it. The people on this list are always helpful and there is a fund of useful 1200-related information here.
And consider getting an electric jacket and gloves to extend your riding season I was riding a few mornings ago at 38 degrees in Chicago, and was toasty.
Welcome, great decision on joining the forum and also getting the utimate bike upgrade.
I agree with flueger, DrDave and abronzetiger, get yourself if you don't have it yet, some heated gear, and it's also a great idea to get hand guards.
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