I AM SO HAPPY I FOUND YOUR RR! i could respond to so much of what you have posted but i won't. but i would like to respond to a couple that others might appreciate or identify with.
1. wear a big garbage bag with your head poked through a little hole if it rains. you won't be dry forever but you will keep some heat in preventing hypothermia.
2. When you talk to God, it's called praying. When God talks to you, it's called Schizophrenia(sp)... joke, yes and no . I TOO HAVE HAD ANGEL MOMENTS. I'm a BELIEVER.
3. Had I had cruse pegs like yours, i would have kept my bandit :)
2012 VSTROM ADV 650
US NAVY RETIRED