I use this thing for gravel roads where I can. We have heaps of them here in NZ so it's handy to have something that won't bat an eyelid at the sudden arrival of 'gravel road ahead' . One of my most satisfying mods to this bike is bolting on a centre stand. I bought a sw motech one which dovetailed well with the bash plate from the same co. At the moment I'm replacing the coolant and have to burp the bike. Another inmate wrote that he takes the rear wheel off and jacks up the front until the swingarm touches the ground. How simple is that? Every time I take a wheel off (I've had them both off at the same time) I'm thankful for that centre stand. With the demise of independant service stations here and the dominance of the big oil companies (big stations only on main routes), it's easy to run low on fuel out in the back blocks. I fixed that with a 30l tank from Safari (just over the ditch from here) that is listed for the SE (it won't fit the SM). This is the best all rounder I've ever owned. I keep a 640e for knarly stuff but just about always favour going out on this.