Originally Posted by aquadog
Probably. But I haven't found it to be a serious lack, and I probably ride gravel more regularly than most - and have a KLR and KLX for comparison. The 17" wheel just hasn't been that much of an issue.
I have to agree I feel quite confident on the gravel even wagging the back wheel out a little. Soft gravel would be no fun I think. This bike for me is what the class "sport tourer" means. I like the fjr and the concours but am to old for the riding position, This bike will carry a ton and I am comfortable for long distance, but can still get a thrill blasting around town like a kid on a sport bike. for 11,200 nothing else seemed to come close