I've been thinking about this for a while now. I currently own a '10 30th Anniversary 1200GS Adventure, but have been thinking an 800GS might be a more suitable bike because: - very little to no 2 up riding - day to day riding to work etc will be easier due to the smaller size, hence it'll be easier to zip through traffic - the lighter weight will be more forgiving and less scary for my total lack of dirt riding skills - I'm assuming there is enough power to sit on the highway all day when I need to (In Australia you can't realistically ride more than 120-130km/h or 75ish mph) However I'm hesitant to pull the trigger because the 1200 is just so nice,comfortable, powerful and planted feeling on the road. Highway riding is a breeze, it handles twisty roads very well (I'm no sports bike knee scraper though). I would like to expand my off road experience, and the 1200 just doesn't seem like the best choice... not that I'm planning to ride like a moto cross nutter. So my questions/concerns are: - assuming I change the seat and screen, will the 800 be notceably worse on long road/highway rides? - how essential are suspension upgrades for the average rider and novice off road rider? - will things like front fork diving under brakes be a huge problem? - will the 21" front make me understeer off the road into a tree, or is it still fun and flickable in the twisties? - mainly, am I going to notice the quality difference? Out here the 1200GSA costs $31,500. The 800GS goes for around $19,000 - $21,000. So will the bike feel like a $10k cheaper machine? A bit about me. I'm 6' tall, 87kg/185ish lb. Seat height isn't an issue on either bike. Have been riding only about 4 years. Have done a few multi day and 2-3 week rides. Very little off road experience but plan on changing that. I'm old enough to know fear and hence wont be doing anything rediculous (speed or terrain) off road. I've done an introductory off road riding 1 day course, but hope to do more. I currently own the 1200GSA and a KLR650 (and a Triumph street triple R) but I think the time has come to think about owning less bikes and maybe purchasing a *shudder* car. I could keep the BMW and KLR but rego and insurance etc out here is a killer. Thanks for any advice and my appologies if this has been covered somewhere else.