Originally Posted by DrunkWombat
BMW knows that, despite the hairy chest beating on forums like this, that most of the miles that GSs do is road miles. They are used as very comfy road bikes with good real road performance. They are used a lot less on dirt than people admit.
The Multistrada challenges that market, so BMW wants to up the ante. GSs are an aspirational bike, sold on the dream of crossing deserts and mountains and shit.
But it is nice to know that you can. I have a GSA and out of its 30k it has done maybe 10% on dirt/mud roads. But I am proud of that 10%.