Perhaps a better rider could compensate for the low-rate suspension on the F700, but after having spent time on a bike with good suspension, it's not much fun trying to adapt to something worse. If at all possible, you might want to consider upgrading the front suspension (as well as sorting out the stalling problem :) ). Some proper springs for your weight and Racetech cartridge emulators will make a WORLD of difference with how much feel you get of the front end through the handlebars, and they're relatively inexpensive. I think you can usually get them as a package for around $300. I checked Racetech's site and they don't list the F700 but it probably shares forks with the F650 or F800, so you should still be able to get stuff for it. Now as for upgrading the rear end, there's not many things you can do there that don't involve spending at least a thousand bucks :\ *edit* Not sure what rubber you're running, but something more specialized would probably help a great deal as well. Maybe a pure street tire if you're not taking it off road. They'll have a rounder profile and will probably feel much more familiar to you.