I am now on the train between Montreal and Toronto, about to pick-up Brent's 2006 GSA # 530, which I just bought. That's a bit under 700km away from home and the return trip in the cold and night will be an "epic adventure" by itself. I have my two-piece BMW Rallye 2 Pro jacket and pants, which can be quite warm, and also brought ski pants if my legs get cold.
I am also carying with me a BMW low seat as I am not sure how comfortable I will be driving that tall bike in the cold at night on the first trip ;-)
I am glad I am going with an 1150GS over a 1200GS. No fuel strip problem. No EWS problem. No plastic, all metal. I wanted a seductive farm girl, not a downtown hipster ;-)