I currently have a F650GS which I enjoy riding on pavement and on our local gravel/dirt roads here in Mendocino, CA. It's gone down a couple of times at slow speed on muddy roads and has held up well. I want to get a R1200GS soon and have heard from a dealer that the engine bracket wasn't necessary. He said that the cylinder brackets are enough to protect the bike. I'm not interested in hot-rodding around rough country but given my track record (so to speak) I wanted to ask your opinions.
This is my first post so be gentle.