You should really start a RR thread so we can follow along and be able to talk online. Let me know if you would like me to copy your blog text here (or on a new thread) or if you just want to keep it on your blog. I think the ADV inmates would enjoy your story.
Sounds like you found your loose connection for the electrics. One of the guys in Death Valley had to get his bike hauled out of the desert for just this reason, a G650X. His wouldn't run at all.
Today's blog post: http://www.dtweed.ca/blog/
Problem is your new pic isn't fit for the forum...