I'll be following along. Have fun and good luck along the way!
I have a few questions. Are both bikes 2012s? I noticed that one has black frame and one does not. I thought that was a sign of a particular production year (2011 = silver frame, 2012 = black frame). Also it looks like one of you opted for factory skidplate and center stand and the other didn't. But I notice that both of you have the factory engine guards. Why the differences?
A riding buddy of mine recently bought one of these and he says that it is a great engine, suspension, and ergonomic package. He says that it is as different from the F800GS as night and day --- not really better or worse --- just very different. Would you two agree with that? His only mild criticism so far is the method for "scrolling through" to disable the ABS. He thinks that it will be no big deal after some practice.
Be careful and have a blast along the way!
Formerly known as: Routt County Rob