Thank you to everyone for treating me like one of your own and that goes a long way in my book. Being brand new to the forums, I was expecting half the replies to be flames and other asshat comments but I didn't get one. I value my friend's opinions on why he thinks I'm capable to step up to the FJR but I really wanted other owner's input and you all came through. I know more of what to look for when it's time to start shopping and have a much better understanding of how the bike will perform and feel. Thank you all and until I can officially post a picture of my bike and my location, I'll be staying around to lurk.
Don't be so naÔve! You bit hook, line and sinker. The flames and asshat comments are being held back until AFTER you buy the FJR!
I strongly recommend you attend an FJR gathering somewhere. There are several, they are all over this continent. You will see them posted on all 3 forums. You would be amazed at how wonderful many of these folks really are when you meet them in person. Of course some of them suck...
I did mention the rear shock but I did forget to mention aftermarket options. I am not a fan of lowering the suspension on an FJR but each to his own. I just learn to deal with the fact that my legs are too short to flat foot. Again, if that were the criteria almost no one would be able to buy a modern dirt bike. Who can flat foot one of those?
I do owe you full disclosure. I do still own the BMW motorcycle. I think the BMW faction and the Harley faction have a lot in common. Those that don't own one are pretty ignorant of what they really are and what they are really capable of but they focus on the negative stuff they hear. I know for a fact that valve checks are easier on my oilhead BMW than on my FJR.
Also, Mrs. Redfish really, really loved that little BMW. During the Final Battle she responded to my argument with, "Yes but when it is running it runs really well!" But even Mrs. Redfish got tired of paying for repairs that cost thousands and having a relatively new car leaking oil under her carport.