Since you asked....800GS first impressions in comparison to the Versys:
-84 hp is noticeable, but the V continues to be surprisingly peppy beyond its spec!
-Suspension. The 800 has ESA and I am loving the "Comfort" mode. Floats over stuff that gave my spine a jolt on the V, without losing any real road feel. The 800 (unlike the 1200GS) only has adjustment on the rear end, but it is still very noticeable.
-Even taller than the V. I have the BMW Comfort Seat which perches you up even more. Will take some getting used to.
-Gadgets - heated grips (great when you buy a new bike in November in Ottawa!), ESA, computer with fuel economy readout etc. All fun stuff, not essential but what the heck...
-Way better off road and on rough stuff - can tackle rough roads with more comfort and confidence. I think it will regularly get dirtier than the V typically did, although I never shied away from rough stuff on the V.
-The 800 needs to be "worked" a bit more in the twisties, but so far just as fun - just need to adapt.
-Not able to explore the higher RPM range of the 800 yet (trying to keep at or below 5000rpm for a bit yet...). Engine seems a bit "buzzier" at higher speeds than the V - seen to be a GS trait I understand.
-800 seems more "substantial" - makes sense, larger in all respects.
-No longer get snobby looks from my wife and friend who both have BMW GS's....not that that really bothered me....
-800 really feels like more of a "go anywhere" machine.
-More to come as experience grows....but will maintain I will never bad mouth the V!
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