I think the stock suspension is OK for mild off pavement use as long as the bike is not loaded down, and you don't ride too fast. However, I may be doing both from time to time, so things are changing. It may not be a lot of help to those not in the US, but Konflict Motorsports in Washington state will be reworking my front suspension internals and spring rates, and the rear shock will be changed for a TT Extreme mainly because it has both low and high speed adjustments. The stock forks are surprisingly good on washboard and I didn't want to loose that completely. My hope is that the low speed adjustment will do the trick. Konflict's owner has an Africa Twin which has been fully modified for adventure riding and that's a plus in my mind. He asks lots of questions about riding experience, how fast you do the whoops, how high a ledge you would ride off of without hesitation, etc., to get a good handle on how to set the spring rates. On my last long ride (4 weeks) I weighed everything I was wearing and hauling just as soon as I got home. My co-riders did the same and we were all right at 65 pounds. Consider 20 pounds of helmet, boots, Klim gear, and the rest is camping and traveling stuff including the panniers. It's an interesting exercise.