Haha, Well played cannot blame you on that one!
Ok off work now and can maybe be more helpful and less smart a$$. Again, welcome to the forum. You'll find a great bunch of fellow riders and strom enthusiast here willing to offer their opinions and often times a lending hand. Take advantage of their wealth of knowledge.
I was serious about the 2012 - 650 being low maintenance. The only other motorcycle I've had that maybe required less was my 2003 Honda Nighthawk. And that's only due the the self adjusting valves.
Maintain the basics and you should do well. Oil changes, chain maintenance, check tire pressure add fuel and enjoy. Always do your pre-checks just as you would if flying an airplane. You only have two wheels so it's important to give a good once over before hitting the pavement. Keep an eye on fittings as they do have a tendency to loosen up.
Accessories are a mixed bag. Depends on how you ride and what you plan to do. Personally, I go with what I feel is the best value for my dollar. Following is what I've gone with. Keep in mind this works for me and not all riders will agree.
SW Motech - center stand
OEM - Hand guards - these will be changed out for something with more integrity before heading to the Arctic Circle next year.
Enduro/Guardian - bash plate/engine guard
Richlandrick's/Adventure Tech - mirror extenders and fork brace. - just read your question what's it good for. Improves handling on and off road. To me well worth the doe.
Many more things will be added prior to the Alaska trip.
Hope this helps. I'm sure you'll get lots of feed back, just watch, listen and learn. Ride safe. I'm jealous as you have much longer riding season than us in the Northwet.
TJ1023 - judging from your name is it possible we need to wish you a Happy Birthday tomorrow? If so, Happy Birthday!