Re: F 800
I now have an 08 800ST that has the lowered suspension; I am 5'9" I got this bike after having an 07 800S which I put 93,000 miles on. On the way to the BMW MOA rally I broke a shock and did $3200 worth of damage so traded it for an available ST. For me the 800S was probably more comfortable. I did a lot of long days on it, a thousand mile day, 950, 870, 750 and a lot of 600 mile plus days. I do like the lowered suspension as I can easily flat foot it and push it around easier. I had an R1150R prior to the 800S and the 800S was more comfortable and a lot more fun to ride. My 800S was trouble free other than maintenance costs were high with a 500 dollar belt replacement and a thousand dollar shock at 67,000 miles and steering head and cush bearings and valve checks which never needed an adjustment. Anyway, ride the bike and see how it feels. My wife now rides a F650GS twin and before that always rode S type bikes and she loves this bike and has 47,000 miles on it and will be 3 years old next month.