I had to take my 2012 BMW R1200RT in for a recall and checked out the F700GS. Went down into Babylon yesterday and traded in the RT.
Not as amazing as the RT is but no slouch. I was always hesitant to take the RT on dirt roads and was forever cleaning it. I can flat foot my stumpy legs
with the GS and it is easier to split lanes with. Gave her a good test home on Hwy 33 and the handling is excellent, up to 50mph it's as good as the RT after that though the power and suspension are not even close. I bucked some fierce winds and found the stock "tall" fairing to be quite effective she was stable and reasonably comfortable. I'm sure it will be fine for dirt roads though, at least for me, off road adventures will still be the domain of the TW. I refuse to off road unless I can drag the bike out of trouble. Though it's 100LBS lighter than the RT there's no dragging this thing.