Comfort may be more important to some riders than outright performance. The BMW’s easily adjustable windscreen does an amazing job for its compact size, but six-footers might be out in the wind, literally. Same holds true for the Yamaha, even with its windscreen in its tallest position. The cylinders on the GS work wonders for your feet in the cold, but when it’s hot, the Yamaha manages to flow even the warm air from the radiators away from the rider. Vibration is low on either bike, but they both have sweet and sour spots, depending on rpm: 72 mph in sixth was brilliant on the GS and 74 was perfect on the Yamaha. Or was it the other way around? Getting picky, the brakes had a little less feel on the Ténéré and were a little more grabby, yet the ABS is really good and even worked well off-road. The GS has better feel and control on the binders, especially the front, and we preferred to disable the ABS when in the dirt. Luckily, the GS remembers the setting you last had it in and retains it when the key is turned back on. Not so on the Yamaha’s TC settings.