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Well done. Fantastic bikes. You'll get a lot of jealousy from the other biker lads, because BMW are such good bikes - try and remember that smugness when you're paying the service bills. The comfort is part of why they're so good, both the seat itself and the riding position (and the aerodynamics) - other bikers will tell you that BMW riders have fat arses, but the truth is those ergonomics are why you can ride it for six hours and still walk around afterwards, while the Honda/Yamaha/Ducati lads are moaning about their bike/arse/wrists after two.
I am 176cm, and can barely touch the floor with both feet, but you'll already know that bikers don't use both feet and you soon get used to the tippy-toe feeling.
It takes a long time to be confident filtering in the city. The few tips I can give you are that it takes a long time, but you'll have a magic day where you get to work/whatever, and realise you didn't actually stop moving, even at red lights, and didn't touch the ground since you left home. I'm sure you're doing this at high speed - think a long way ahead, concentrate on every single car, lorry, bike, pedestrian and cyclist you see in front of you - every single one, you should be WIRED to the tits - I liken it to a very intensive video game, where you only have one life.
Someone will try and kill you every day - only the lorries have the excuse of not being able to see you, all the others can. In a built up area, slow down way before before you see a junction, or a stop light and learn to filter, and be confident when you have to cross the white lines and (briefly) ride on the other side; don't get tempted to filter through two lanes of traffic if you can - go on the outside. If you're finding it top heavy and unforgiving its because you're zig-zagging too much (ie stay on the outside and filter back into the middle of the lane if you can't filter through) and you're going ever so slightly too slow - just a couple of miles faster and that feeling goes away.
Bleib sicher Bruder.