G'day mate, I have a quick question for you. You had a 1200GS? If you were riding dirt roads (the sort of dirt roads you get in WA) and you were doing it 2 up with a load, would the 1200 be a better choice for the dirt?
I figure if you've had both, and ridden both with decent loads on on those roads, then you'll probably come the closest to understanding the issues I have with riding fire trails 2 up.
It'd be interesting to hear what you think. Sorry for the hi-jack.
The high fender option is something I'm still planning for the F800. I have the alloy plate and a mud guard. I just lost the will power somewhere along the line.