I'm sure my regular and loyal readership is sick to death of the F800GS musings, but it truly is a gem of a bike thus far. Plenty of power, handling fine for a 21" front wheel, lovely luggage, nice exhaust sounds, and the like. I don't have a problem with the bulbous, wobbly brake reservoir that others have, and I'm not complaining about the vibrations (hey, it's a Twin after all!) or the wind-noise (pussies).
On the down side, the digital fuel gauge is driving me nuts - filling up at a gas station and having the gauge read 1/3 of a tank is maddening. I'm kicking myself because I forgot to mention that issue at the 600 mi. service... duh!
Speaking of the service ($180, btw), I was able to swap out the lowered seat that came with the bike for the standard (higher) seat I'd ordered. Whoa - definitely is taller and oh what a PLANK! My butt was numb from the git-go. Still, after a week or so, it's getting softer or I'm just getting used to it.
Last weekend I had a terrific ride - those of you in San Diego will know whereof I speak: Highland Valley eastbound to Bandy Canyon, Hwy 78, Old Julian Hwy (with a stop at Michelle & George Welsh's house), back to the east side of Highland Valley heading west back to Hwy 15. Fun stuff; just like old times. Bike did everything I asked of it, including the sharp 15mph curves on HV and Old Julian. I definitely felt rusty, but a lot of street smarts are coming back quickly. It will take a while to grow into this bike. My biggest challenge will be slow-speed maneuvering on the beast - hey, practice will make perfect.
Trying to dig up some Sunday morning riding partners this weekend; otherwise, I'm off to the races on my own.