After 175 cold, soggy miles on BMW’s (relatively) affordable demi-sport, I’ve come to a couple of conclusions. It’s a bit small you aren’t. And if you’re over six feet tall, the optional tall seat really isn’t an option. To be fair, shorter gearing in the top three cogs and a complete lack of wind protection make this agile mid-sized torque pump more adept at urban adventures than 125 miles of freeway on a foul December night. On the plus side, it turns an alleged 87 horsepower—two more than an F800GS—into more enthusiastic forward progress than previous iterations of this 798cc parallel twin. Its 360° crank timing plays an the same flat, boxer-esque soundtrack, while variable-pressure fuel-injection delivers refreshingly crisp response and more miles per gallon than most similarly sized offerings. Did somebody say torque? The PowerPoint presentation before me also alleges 63 lb.-ft. of the stuff at 6000 rpm. The seat of my pants sense a respectable amount of workmanlike steam between idle and the 8500 rpm redline. There’s also a fair bit of buzz above 5000 rpm, which where I’ve been spending most of my time.