Initially I found it difficult to bond with my 800gs. I admit I was anti BMW before, for they seem to design complex answers to simple questions. If it wasn't for the Rotax motor and the abililty to order a base bike to minimalize potential issues I may have passed. At first it was just the suspension I was upset about, but the more I work on it, the more I see a certain method to their madness. For instance why torx screws? yes they are metric, but try to buy them in any small town. Why so many different sizes?. Ever take the plastic off. basically sheet metal screws that thread into cheap metal clips. I presently have one stuck on the top panel that is stuck and just spins. Wait until you take the rear shock off and then tell me what tool you use to get access to bottom shock mount. How about maintenance schedules, apparently the computor will tell you, but any other way is going to require you to search The whole bike seems to be designed to keep you coming back to BMW for parts and service. They will gladly sell you a $300 tool kit, and even if you do some of your own service you need to return to reset the computor and be downloaded to the mothership. I love the design, the frame and the motor, but other than that, I do not think it is light years ahead of any Japanese bike.