Seeing how the G650GS is certain to attract smaller beginning and returning riders, it's a good thing the bike works so well and is so easy to ride. We departed the city on a day-long street ride that put the bike through all its conceivable paces: stoplight-to-stoplight commuting, highway trolling, poorly maintained single-lane roads, fast mountain twisties and a long, fast-paced freeway grind. We didn't do any off-roading, as BMW is clear this isn't the GS's primary intention. Like its F predecessor, the G is up for a little soft-core exploring--especially with the right tires. But there will not be a price-inflating dakar version, so if you want a middleweight adventure-tourer that's got the dirt thing down pat, it's the F800GS you're looking for.