At long last the day arrived...upgrade time and the dealer had the new bike ready. I went and mid-afternoon to pick up my new BMW F800ST from Southbank and promptly took it up the Black Spur to pop in and say g'day to Ray, get a Steak Sanger and to run it in "as the book suggests", in hilly, twisty bits. :grin: For a bit more fun and to avoid peak hour Maroondah traffic, I went the back way, through Templestowe, Kangaroo Ground and Yarra Glen to get across to Healesville, and I felt totally at home on it before Warrandyte. I have to say, that although the gearbox sounds like a bunch of nails rattling around in a tin, that's just an aesthetic thing, the bike rides like a dream and is insanely easy to toss about in the twisties...even coming straight off a 250. I felt much more comfortable on the F800 on the Spur than I used to on the VTR250. Apparently there's a "fix", or perhaps I should say "improver" available for the gearbox noise available in Europe already, which will be nice, but I'm happy as Larry regardless. The bad news is that within about 5 hours of picking it up, I was a quarter of the way to the first service...the good news is that the cast majority of that 260km was in the hills. Lovely! Anyway, just thought I'd get my "new bike" post in. I'll put some pics up when I stop riding long enough to take some. Butz.