If your going to do road explorations. I would get a 2015 with the top case, bars and fog lights. You need the smoother engine for low speed running. The fog lights are awesome for spreading out the light. I have a 14GT and the engine is too bumpy down low for dirt donkers. The saddle bags are too wide but the top case is a good fit. Change the tires for dirt roads too.
Not sure I agree w you medob that the "bumpy" engine is overly limiting off-road but it does take a little getting used to. I'm an old dirt bike rider so maybe I'm used to the throttle coming on a little hard. Probably my biggest complaint is that lack of rear brake. Not usually a huge problem but I just kinda like to have one on steep gravel or slippery stuff.
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