In all honesty though, I rode the stock suspension pretty hard this weekend at a dual sport event and Ill tell ya, it wasn't bad! Much better than my TE610 stock forks and on par with my 950A. I was able to ride the bike very fast through some rocky sections. I was surprised. not perfect by any means, but certainly as bad as I expected. It didnt warrent a thread "800GS good bike but poor suspension" imho.
If I hadnt already bought a shock and fork kit, I just might have considered leaving it alone. Maybe.
The shock anyway.