Great info, RTW. Thanks for taking the time to shed some light on this mysterious machine.
My question: which size Pelicans did you mount? Were they large enough? Too large? Width a problem? I really like the idea of non-metal bags for durability and for being a little easier on my legs should I find myself beneath them.
One more: How did the stock handlebar hold up to the many tip-overs you mentioned are inevitable?
+1 on the request for pics of your machine and mods.