Greetings to all of you! This site seems to be filled with helpful people and an excellent source of information. <?xml:namespace prefix = o /><o></o> My new F 800GS should be ready to be picked up by the weekend. I do have several bikes; the closest to this is a 2006 KLR 650. However, I am new to BMW and I have a few questions. $190.00 for a battery charger??? I see BMW chargers for sale on eBay for $70.00, is there any reason to buy a charger from the dealer? Bottom skid plate and engine protection bars? I live in a rural area, and I expect to take this bike off road often. To me, the bottom plate makes good sense, but it is not clear to me what the bars would save. The engine on the 800 is tucked away inside the frame. Brush guards, do these do anything strange at high speeds? Any of you familiar with the “protective 7 year warranty”? It would allow me to take the bike to any ASCE certified repair shop for warranty work. Normally, I stick with the OEM warranties…but the closest BMW dealer to me is a 5 hour ride. I do not have the manual yet, but I expect there is a recommended 600 mile check up or something. Is it imperative that this be performed by a BMW dealer? Again, it would be a 5 hr ride back to nearest dealer. Thanks in advance for any advice offered.