That was a good read and reminded me of my 2002 and 2006 East Coast to West Coast and back again ride on my Pan (ST1100). When you were in Denver you should have ridden up Mount Evans (14,260ft), America's highest tarmacced road, and Pike's Peak (a mere 14,130ft) and very scarey on a heavy tourer. Deal's Gap was memorable and I've been three times now. We just don't get roads like that in the UK. You did some high daily mileages on that PD (I have one) so how comfortable did you find it? The soft suspension is rather good and they are much lighter than a Pan. But 500 mile days on a near naked bike must have been tiring? No?