Picking it up wasn't to bad and no the bars don't bend when picking it up. What can happen and did to me was that the Rox bar risers moved slightly, I've had this on other bikes, it's a bit of a pain but very easy to put right. It's much easier to pick up than my old 990 was. I can highly recommend the SW Moto crash bars, they kept the fairing well off the ground and unlike most of the others I have seen don't just transfer the impact to the opposite fairing.Thanks for the write-up. Sounds like a fun day and something to aspire to for this off-road newbie.
Out of interest how was picking the bike up? And if you used the handlebars to help did they flex much? I've read the bars might be a little flimsy for picking the bike up.