OFF-ROAD SHOW­DOWN

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Road Test -

Can these bikes re­ally cut it off-road?

On dusty fire­tracks and green lanes the Suzuki doesn’t feel all that bad – but then I rode the BMW, which is a huge step for­ward. The off-road bi­ased rub­ber and large 21in front wheel re­ally show what the GS is ca­pa­ble of, giv­ing much more con­fi­dence and grip. As soon as the ter­rain turns a lit­tle gnarly the Suzuki quickly hits its lim­its whereas the BMW sim­ply ploughs on and kicks dirt in the face of the Suzuki. You can even switch the ABS off and there are spe­cific En­duro (and op­tional En­duro Pro) rider modes on the Beemer.

You could opt for more off-road bi­ased rub­ber on the V-strom but you’re still limited by the 19in front wheel and it doesn’t have the ground clear­ance or off-road stance of the BMW.

When you stand on the pegs on the Suzuki the fuel tank and seat are too wide and you can’t get your weight over the front – which isn’t a prob­lem on the nar­rower, more nim­ble BMW.

The BMW’S 21in front wheel gives it an ad­van­tage off-road

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