With 17 in. and 21 in. wire-spoke wheels, the 2018 BMW identifies itself as an off-road ready motorcycle. It has long travel suspension- over 9in. in the front and 8.5 in in the rear- making the F 800 GS prepared for rough terrain.
The tall wheels and long legs do come at a price- the standard seat height is a towering 34.6 in., though BMW will sell you a seat that drops the height down to 32.3 in. above the ground.
At 478 lb., it's not especially heavy for an ADV machine, so it can be ridden off the pavement with confidence. On the street, there are 85 horses on tap from the parallel twin, so long distance is not a problem.