Hey All - OP here... thanks for all the good feedback and clarifications. I have decided to NOT get ESA on the new bike. I have Ohlins on my current bike (non-ESA) and am simply going to swap that out with the stock shock on the new bike. Keeping it simple for my next segment of the RTW as I head off to the southern hemisphere.
Wandering the world with purpose...
'13 BMW R1200GS ADV (triple black) - it doesn't get any better... just had to get another one!
'07 BMW R1200GS ADV - sold after 73,000 wonderful miles together