The GS definitely proved its worth in these harsh conditions, but the ride to that point hadn't exploited the new-found high-rpm power and revability. So I plotted my own test course on beautiful, winding roads through the same hills, but on a more open stretch with broad sweepers and longer straightaways, where the engine felt wonderfully strong and seemed to breathe more freely. Dry tarmac later in the day meant I could ride at full speed, blasting the bike easily up to 110 mph on the straights, then diving into the corners well cranked over. Riding the strong midrange torque is all you'd ever need to do, but it is nice to have the extra power and 500 rpm on top. With either choice, great engine response is there.