I have a 1200GS right now. I use it mainly on pavement, although it's seen some gravel roads. I got the GS instead of a 1200RT mainly because I anticipated dropping the bike (done it a couple times--low speed, no speed), and I didn't want to mess up all that nice fairing on an RT. Plus, it's friggin cool. The GS is an outstanding bike, a keeper.
However, due to the GS's size and frankly, cost, I'm reluctant take it into serious dirt. I also lack any experience with off-road riding. I'm interested in getting something small and light for short rides and to get into the dirty side of motorcycling.
Part of my "scheme" is for this second bike to be for my daughter to learn on when she comes of age for driving in a little over a year. Note that at 5'10", she's almost as tall as me.
I'm intrigued by the KLX250S. Is this the right bike or should I be considering something else, instead of or in addition to?
A serious side effect of life is death. Ride while you can.