Hey Canadian, thanks for the reply. I tried to post this three times now, I'm not sure why it's not letting me. So I will try again. What is the definition of insanity?
Anyhow, motorcycling is not my only hobby. I don't ride every day, I don't ride every weekend. I did a hell of a lot of research and asked very experienced riders and mechanics their opinion. I wanted a bike that would be virtually maintenance-free, not be costly to own and maintain, run forever, and do everything that I want it to do. I can leave the bags on and go for a weekend, take them off and just tool around town, do nothing and let the bike sit in the garage and not feel bad about having a 12, 15, or 20k machine gathering dust.
Combine all of that stuff with zero interest financing and dealer invoice pricing, and this bike just made sense. So I sunk about a grand into it to make it sound and ride exactly as I wanted to and that still seems to make a hell of a lot of sense to me.