I was checking the steering stem bearings today, by feel, not visually. I had the bike up on the swingarm stand with a jack under the engine guard. With the front wheel off the ground I was pulling the forks forward to feel if there was any play. Everything was good but I noticed when I pulled on the forks the SW engine guard would flex a wee bit. The frame welds all seem okay, as far as I can tell. I guess I'm wondering if some flex is to be expected in the Versys frame. I've read that a lot of race bikes have flex designed in to the frames to improve handling. In fact, it was reported that some of the BMW factory riders were unhappy with the handling of the S1000 because the frame was too stiff. What do you guys think? I'd be particularly interested in hearing from any owners who have done a similar test to the one I described. Thanks in advance.