Went for another scoot today and actually got to ride my old 1150gs since my buddy went with me. Firts I have to say that for a bike with 80,000 kms it sure runs nice. The shock have only about 20,000 or so since I swapped them for some Adventure length ones. Bike feels more planted on asphalt, definitely a better highway bike but not by as much as I would have thought. I had also forgotten how well the thing does on gravel. Was like putting on an old pair of shoes (77,000 of those kms were mine). I actually really enjoyed riding it. One of the main reason I sold it was out of boredom I guess. Anyways back to the F800. Still haven't mastered that touchy throttle. Getting better though. I agree with what others have posted about using a higher gear to smooth things out. Adjusted the clutch lever to be as close as possible to the bars. Would still like it closer and I usually wear large to x-large gloves so it is kind of odd. Still loving it, much more of a hooligan personality than the staid 1150. I always was very tentative with the 1150 off road but I can see that this bike will reward a little more aggressive approach.