You’re not done. Take the GS onto a nasty stretch of indifferently maintained blacktop and you’ll find it has few peers. Chalk that up to BMW’s Dynamic ESA suspension, which has a truly broad and useful range of settings—Hard, Normal, or Soft for the suspension, connected to Dynamic, Road, Rain, and Enduro ride modes that adjust throttle response, TC thresholds, and ABS function. Change from Normal to Hard and you can really feel the difference. The ride modes imbue the bike with very different personalities, a veritable Sybil with liquid-cooled heads. Where the Aprilia wallows and the Ducati leaps from crest to crest, the BMW tracks along, smoothly and confidently, sloughing off pavement blemishes like no other motorcycle we know, with minimal chassis pitch or drama. Front-tire feedback can be a little vague when you’re really pushing the pace, but that’s the only flaw we can find. Truly. And we looked for some!