Well I went and bought a BMW again without test riding one...worked out fine with my 1150Gs in '99 so I figured what the heck and ordered an F800GS. 10 C today.Had time this morning to put on the Adv-Spec crashbars, Fenda Extenda, skidplate and toolox, and BMW hangaurds with spoilers. Took about 2 1/2 hours or so to get it all done. First impressions. This bike has nothing in common with my 1150. Feels like a bicycle. Revs instantly and rewards smooth throttle. Was a bit herky jerky when driven with my heavy handed style initially. Feels much peppier as well. Still in break-in so can't really rinse it out but the impression is that this thing wants to rev. No heavy fly wheel effect here. Smooth, starts and idles like a kitten. Exhaust note is very nice. I ended up doing some gravel since one of my favourite local roads was under major construction. Sloppy mud and some loose gravel. Many spots I would have stood up on the 1150 I simply rode through. Bike feels so much more planted in the front. I could really tell what was going on up there. I always found with the 1150 you had to take it on faith. Bottom line is this machine is totally different as far I'm concerned, apples and oranges.