Mac and Crumb - thank you both. Mac, that tire point is particularly valid and valuable - that's where my inexperience really shows - I hadn't considered it, and my commute is very much a mix of paved 70 and 90 km/h twisties with lots of drops.
Alexi - that makes perfect sense, of course, but I'm a hopeless nut when it comes to modding stuff - I do it with everything...usually at great cost ;-)
A new contender has just jumped in the mix that may be of more interest - I have a dealership close to my house that carries Yamaha, Suzuki, and Honda - I stopped in for a quick visit on the way home after starting this thread to check out a used KLR they have in stock. 15 minutes before I arrived they took back on a trade-in for a smaller machine a 2017 Honda CB500X with 6000kms on it. A lady bought it new there last year, put about 2 grand in farkles on it (panniers, crash bars and plates - all Givi, and a Scotts damper), and it's like new. They did all of the maintenance on it there (whetever it has needed over 6000 kms - lol) and it has one year of extended warranty left on it. They'll be posting it at 53 hundred by the end of the week, but the sales rep told me if I want to put a deposit on it for until my exam is done they'll put it away for me, and that there's room for negotiation given the time of season it is. This may be an interesting alternative.
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