I have a 2011 R1200RT. Before that, I had a Honda 1100 V-twin Shadow ACE cruiser. Neither bike is made for dirt riding (or gravel). I have about the same reaction to having to ride on dirt as I do about riding in the rain. If you see me on my bike in the rain or on a dirt/gravel road, you can rest assured, it was not intentional, and I'm not happy about it. Unlike some, folks I know, I not only enjoy riding, but riding on my terms,
and I enjoy taking care of my machine as much as I do using it.
In addition to my motorcycle, I have several vintage cars & trucks. I worked hard to acquire them, restore them, and enjoy them. But...I don't want some uncaring goofball to slam my doors, prop his butt up against my fenders, or use my vehicle for a picnic table. I have a friend who loves dogs. So do I. But, that friend has never spent thousands of dollars restoring a car, and has no concept of how to care for one and certainly not the value of a paint job. Drive into his yard and his dogs will jump through your window to greet you. So, as long as he keeps undisciplined dogs...he either has to visit me, or we meet somewhere away from his home.
I have had my RT on dirt twice riding with my friends. I did it to accommodate them but let them know I didn't like it. Both times, not very far, but enough to cause me to do special cleaning once I returned home. If I want to ride on dirt...I will get another horse, or a lighter machine specifically made for the purpose. I have had my share of adventures challenging hills, curves, and all sorts of terrain. But now...in my mid-seventies...I understand broken bones take a little longer to heal. So, I feel that I am very fortunate to still be able to straddle a bike and go for a peaceful ride on good roads. But...if I were 30 years younger...who knows?
But for now... For off-road on my property, I use a four-wheeler.