With the exception of a couple of years of craziness with a loud "Motor Company product", I've ridden BMW's since 1970. My most recent one was a '04 GS1150 Adventure - which was a great road bike but it sucked big time off-pavement (too heavy and especially too top heavy) so I got rid of it. Where I live and ride most of the roads are dirt. I've been looking at the GS1200, supposedly BMW lowered the center of gravity and knocked some weight off it - I'm supposed to ride on tomorrow at my dealers if it's not raining. But that's not what I put a deposit on. After talking with dealers, friends and reading various internet forums I thought the 650 Dakar looked like the bike for me, and I put a deposit on an '07 yesterday. It should be in Seattle in about a month. Problem is, I've never looked at one. Sure, I've seen them around from time to time, but I always thought a BMW should have two cylinders or not have the BMW badge on it. No one within 600 miles of where I'm located has one for me to try, as they appear to sell before they even hit the dealers floor. Anyone know anything about the 650 Dakar? Is it ok on pavement? dirt roads? fire trails? reliable?