Originally Posted by MTrider16
I think an R12GS would be perfect for this road. Piece of cake on the F8GS. Too many miles between home and that location for the CFR250X.
Like you say, it all depends on the person and the situation.
I'd be inclined to agree. The simple fact that my dad, whose most recent dirt riding experience was in the 70s on a 2-stroke 100cc Kawasaki, was able to make it without incident on an overloaded GL1500, shows that the road wasn't all that tough. But it was nerve-wracking on a low-clearance street bike because of the potential for catastrophic engine damage just from smacking a rock. The higher clearance of the big GS would have eliminated that worry and made the ride that much more fun; the lower weight of the "little" GS would have been even better, at least for my low skill level in unpaved riding.