Even I don't drive or ride extremely hard I like to test my machines at the limit just to know what to expect. I was surprised how the brakes behaves. I have the new 2008 with non assisted brakes. What is happening is that if brakes are progressively applied braking is good enough, not very firm though. If on good road surface and suddenly apply full force brake, as recommended in case of emergency actually ABS came in and prevent from braking, you feel it making click- click- click and keep going and going. Pretty scary. Road was best quality, absolutelly no slipping. Same non assisted brakes are doing a very good job on the GS1200Adv., lifting rear wheel in the air few cm before the ABS is coming in. I may be wrong but if I remember correctly the old assisted brakes on 2006 model worked better. Did yo test your ABS?