, Iím not shocked the GSA handled well for you on road. If the Bís not really for you, no need to hold onto it. VERY different bike.
The GSA rides better ON road than the base GS, IMO. And while the 1200 DID feel like a tractor motor to me (and a tractor with too much vibration, at that), the 1250 is a revelation in power and smoothness, as you state. If you prefer the touring look and just like the lighter weight and want something more nimble, at least ride the R1250RT. We just bought one for my wife. Itís often forgotten, but if you like the 1250 engine, itís a near-sportbike nimble, easy-handling, lighter-weight touring option.
are right about the XR being gravel (or dry and well-maintained dirt road) capable, though. Much longer suspension travel than I expected; like a jacked-up 1000RR with upright ergos. By 2021, Iíve now decided Iíll replace my Yam with either the XR or GSA as a second bike, so even if XR/GSA SOUNDS like an odd cross-shop, it isnít on some levels. I wouldnít want to ride the GSA anywhere I wouldnít ride the XR with the right tires, unless I had to. I know itís capable in the hands of an expert, but itís way too big to act like a dual-sport or dirt bike for an average rider.
Give the XR a test ride at least, and know if your fanny is anywhere near my size, you can get rid of the sportbike seat on the XR, and have several options for replacement. You can also get rid of the stickers on the XR, if they look a bit boy-racer to you. Iím 52 next week, and every single guy Iíve seen on an XR has been older than me, so that has to tell you something good about the bike. I never would have test-ridden it if not for the guys here, and that I met at dealers while they were waiting for service, and the MOA (maybe Darryl will chime in), and itís an awesome machine.
GSA will pack mule a little more, has longer fuel range, more TQ down low, and for some tasks, will be easier to work on yourself. GSA will also be much cheaper on insurance, most likely. Most insurers treat the XR the same as a liter sportbike, and the engine IS just that. More right-hand self-control is required with the XR.
Iím no expert on either, obviously, since I donít one either, but posted only because Iíve at least ridden the bikes, and have done the research and decision-making process on both, as I like to plan out purchases far in advance, and hopefully, at least some of the stuff I thought was relevant will help you out. Best of luck on whatever you decide, and be sure to post and tell us what you did!