I have owned my F650GS for about 1 1/2 years now. The main reason I own it is because it starts at 377 lbs claimed dry weight. Not bad for an ADV twin. The older I get the less I need to wrestle bikes. And it has a great low end motor. But its been a love hate relationship. Seat issues (ouch!), fairing issues (buffeting, noise), etc. I have those areas worked out to my satisfaction now, and over the summer did the OBDR (Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route). My 658 held up great, carried my luggage and hung mostly with thumpers. My suspension was ok, but the biggest drawback was ground clearance. It is the runt little brother to the F800GS. So with this much ground clearance... My skidplate ended up like this. So if I was/am to keep this bike I needed to give it more ground clearance, thus more suspension, for less stress and damage during off pavement riding. And here comes my 658 Long Travel! With 9+ inches of travel. Yeeha!