I appreciate the continued feedback. $9000 for the 2011 F600GS is out the door. Even at $9,900 for a 2013 F700GS I'll be looking at another grand in tax plus fees, documentation and destination charges. In addition, I'll still want to get some panniers and probably upgrade the seat.
Not to open up another can of worms, I'm starting to think about the Triumph Tiger 800 or 800 XC.