I have not ridden the GS but have ridden the other 800's a number of times. Thought that would make a great GS type bike and they did come out with one. Dealer at the time said no way BMW was comming out with a GS model. Thought at the time he knew, just wanted me to buy the 800s then. But come on $14,000. I'll ride my Uly I just bought last month and ride it for a couple of years and pick up a used one.