I will tell you when I get my red 2017 DCT at the end of January.I too am on the fence as well between the 1200GS and AT. Time to change up from my 1200RT and DR650.
The RT has been to Baja and Chicken Alaska but is not happy on gravel. I love the heated grips, factory waterproof luggage and long range comfort.
The DR is a blast on gravel and forest service roads but a pig on single track and not something I'd ride to Alaska. Wolfman luggage is OK but fiddley.
I intend to explore more of the gravel roads / FSR's here in BC. I've ridden the 1200GS but I'm leery of the spoked rims guys have bent on stuff my DR bashed over. They sit on the Cylinder head when down so are pretty easy to pick up.
There is no AT to test ride and dealers keep saying most of their 2017's are pre-sold. Hard to commit to something I can't test ride. And I can't lay one down on the Dealer's floor to try and pick it up.
Can one really travel long distance comfort on the AT and next weekend head to Squamish and keep up with guys riding KTM 990's on rough gravel through river beds?
Sold my '06 VFR800 and will be selling my '06 DRZ400s.
I think the AT will have no problem keeping up to my riding buddies where we ride in the Squamish & Whistler/Pemberton off-road areas.
And then ride up to Alaska with my road riding buddies.
I looked at the BMW's and the Triumph 800, and have decided on the AT.
Now I have to figure out what tires I'm going to put on it.........