Team the long-travel suspension with a wide, neutral bar and sublime lock-to-lock turning radius and you know this bike is ready for the trail. We did about 60 miles off-road, most of it on twisting, tattered fire roads-which in Africa are not for fires but for walking or herding animals. Packs of flashy BMW motorcycles throttling about caused quite a stir, raising hundreds of school children, goats and even a few zebras. Luckily, our bikes were equipped with the optional Garmin GPS unit, pre-programmed with our circuitous route. Without it, some of us would still be riding circles in the green, sugar cane-laden hills surrounding Durban.