The bike is fantastic - really comfortable. No headaches, arm ache or numbness in my fingers. Handling is superb - even on the gravel it is controllable despite the big back tyre and the suspension reasonably compliant.
Frank was on his Suzuki DL650 V-Strom and was clearly better off on the gravel, but I don't think I will have too much trouble riding around Australia on my VFR. Fuel economy wasn't great at 17 kms/litre, so I will have to watch the fuel stops on my trip to make sure I don't run out. I don't really want to carry extra fuel.
Next step is the big screen and I am getting special brackets made for the Zumo 550 mounting. The tank bag fits nicely and I still have full steering lock left and right.
That's it for now!