Good report on the trip and the bike.
I like to read about how a bike "feels" to the rider, not that is makes Xhp and X top speed.
The trunk locks, while annoying are probably something you get the hang of eventually but the fit and finish sounds off.
That said, looks like you guys had a good time. Nice pictures.
I love renting bikes for a trip. It costs a little more, but you get a different experience.