Street Savvy

BMW F800 GS     Photo: courtesy of BMW AG

Damn near perfect. That was my reaction after riding BMW's new F 800 GS Through Moab's red-rock canyons and the aspen groves of the nearby La Sal Mountains. While I was able to power through deep sand and over two-foot-high rock curbs with confidence, the BMW is not quite as nimble off-road as the Suzuki or even the Kawasaki. Back on pavement, however, the riding was sheer bliss, thanks to its 800cc, parallel twin engine, which gets a respect­able 50 mpg while still delivering BMW's signature smooth feel and plenty of low-end torque. $12,500 (as tested);

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