So after way too much internet research, I went and did it. I bought a new F800GS. I just had to share the info. I was on the fence between a 08 KTM 990 Adv. and a 09 F800GS (as with the difference in years they were basically the same price). I searched all the threads, read everything I could, lurked, searched, listened to the insane battles of wills on the forums about what bike was better (that never yielded much info. for me) and generally over thought the entire thing. I got worried about seat height (I have a 30" inseam) and this that the other. After riding both bikes I agree with what most rational folks say about the debates between these. The 30" inseam is absolutely no issue on the F800GS by the way. You can't flat foot boot sides or anything, but it does not seem top heavy or any trouble at all after riding it with my short legs. Loved the KTM, but the question of repairs was always in my mind (the KTM dealer is 4 hours away where the BMW is 1) and in the end the kicker came yesterday when I went to another KTM dealer while on a road-trip. They didn't have any 990s new, but they had one in the shop. The salesman took me back into the service area to show me the bike and calmly stated something like, "The guy loves it, uses it as his city bike. It is here for its 8000 mile engine work." This bike was almost completely apart, head off, etc etc. and he said that like it was "normal" and that flipped the switch... I want a BMW. I don't want my motor apart at 8K miles! Now before you flame away I have had a BMW since 2001 and it has never needed anything other than routine stuff and hasn't come close to needing a partial engine tear down. I'm sure there are KTM owners that have zero issues and I love that bike, but it just wasn't for me. Anyway, I just wanted to share after lurking so long and being so on the fence about the 2 bikes in hopes it might help someone in the same position. I'll post pics of the bikes once I pick it up. They are changing the tires and getting it ready for me now. Time for the customizing to begin!