I thought I just share some impressions from the first longer trip done on my F800GS.
Quality: Do not like the plastic handlebar pods. I would prefere to have them in good old aluminium.
Finish: So far so good.
Sound: It sounds like... a Boxer! BMW have IMHO managed to create quite a good and throaty sound with the OEM silencer.
No real eminent need for a slip-on so far.
Others: Real cake to hive up on the main stand, I almost trowed it out back on the street again when using it for the first time inside my garage.
Side stand will need a bigger foot though, because it's rather small.
Lights are good, and the LED turn signals are bright.
Tires/tyres are Pirelli Scorpion Trail, and I have not tested them to the limit since they are brand new and I expect them to be a bit slippery in the begining.
Seat is comfy at least for the two hour ride I just made. But I will have to install som risers for the handlebar for those stand up rides.
I will also need to enlarge the brake pedal for my big feet. Same goes for the gearchange lever wich needs to be longer and with a bigger folding peg. I knew this from erlier tests so it came as no surprise.
Screen is the standard one, and it worked for me being 181 cm with short legs and a mile long torso. I use a Shoei Hornet DS and no strange buffeting at speeds I was riding (up to 110 km/h, it's under" running in" remember).
I can't flat foot her, but she's so nimble that it's not a problem, and I do not think I'll need the lower seat.
Driving: Nimble, quick in reaction, I had to stop trying to ride in the same manner as I did with my 1600 Yamaha, or else I would have ended up in a ditch.
The Yamaha I had to wrestle down and counter steer to get were I wanted, while the new one only needed me to look at were I wanted to be, and it took me there.
Thottle respone is quick! Again this is from comming from a bike that has a engine that weight more than the whole BMW (Not really, but it feels as if it does)
The Yam had the same cc for one of each pistons as the BMW have for the whole engine. I really like the throttle response from carburator engines, but I know I will get used to this one, just as I did with a Guzzi 1000 Daytona I used to own way back.
Suspension worked okey, a bit soft in the front though, perhaps there is something in the stories on the Interweb that they have a bit to soft front suspension. But the Öhlins front springs are not that expensive and are reported to help matters.
Gearbox: Again comming from previous machine, it was like a hot knife in butter. Good thing with the Gear indicator since I keept trying to shift into seventh a couple of times.
Am I a happy bunny? Yes so far I am. Still need to sort some details like gear lever and brake pedal. Get some decent crash protection and a luggage carrier.
A KTM 950/990 rider would I presume think otherwise
I know I'm going to enjoy riding this bike (as long as it's not riddled with faults) because it will performe in a way that will suit my riding style and needs.
However it also tells me how good the Africa Twin really was and still is (I miss my RD03, Sob ).
I bet there will still be @ around long after the last F8GS taken it's final breath.
The above is only valid as my personal oppinions, and Yours will likely be totally different.
If I was used to driving XR650R's around in the Libyan dessert, KTM990 Adv's in the Iraq moutains or Ducati Optoquadrouple valvoes on the Nürburgring, then my oppinions would surley also be different.
Thanks for reading! /Kjell