Just returned from a trip to the edge of the Simson Desert on a Transalp 700 and I can say that it was a bike that surpassed my expectations off road. Did just over 4100km with the majority on dirt and travelled like a dream. Spoke to plenty of BMW 1200 and V-Strom riders that were doing it very tough and were looking very tired and all I could do was smile about the joy I was having on the sand and stone roads. Please consider the Transalp 700 as they are very underrated in there class. The Mitas E-09 tyres were a great investment. Definately a go anywere motorcycle.