Really what did you want out a sport touring off road bike?
My 05 GS will do wheelies in second gear, but any 600cc sport bike will kick its ass.
My 05 RT did have an afterburner at about 5500 rpms, that the GS doesn't have.
Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel from coast to coast without seeing anything.
-- Charles Kuralt
I never plan a ride, just the destination and that's always subject to change.