Originally Posted by PuraVida
... Settled under its own weight and panniers: 19.5 cm (7.7") ...
PuraVida's # is about right. Here's what a buddy measuered on his F650GS with the MoTech skidplate, unladen (~7.5"):
My F800GS sits about one inch higher to the BMW skidplate (unladen; minimal preload to set 30% rear sag = 2.6"; forks raised 5mm).
Yes, the 800 has ~1.8" more travel but some of this (~0.5") is lost in setting sag, some raising the forks.