And btw, I am giving a very hard look at the Kawasaki Brute Force 750. Japanese reliability, twin-cilinders and over 50 hp with EFI. More than enough for any trip. Would need spacers, though, but that's a minor thing. Will probably miss the EPS only.Thanks for the detailed response. It's interesting reading. I'll bet you were in better shape after 700 miles than the Honda riders. I do understand the benefits of Honda reliability though. Best wishes!