Wow, this is an amazing project. You are literally building your own bike. Very few people would attempt that. I sure hope it works well, but even if it does not turn out to be exactly what you are hoping for, it is still mind blowing. I notice the new Honda VFR1200X was designed for riders who "spend most of their time on pavement" If that is the case, then I totally don't get it. Look at that thing. Super tall, tiny little seat, almost like a sportbike, I sure don't see it being comfortable on a long trip. And for me, at my age and in my condition, comfort is everything on a long distance trip. If you need some off road capability, then you will have to sacrifice some comfort. But that being the case, why not get a KLR650 for a fraction of the price of that Honda. If you don't need off road capability, a Goldwing is the only way to go on long road trips. I realize that a new one is a bit expensive for many, but you don't have to have a new one. Goldwings last forever. I have a '95 that I would not hesitate to take off for anywhere on. It can even be ridden on fairly smooth dirt roads. I think Honda is trying to sell a look (BMW GS maybe?) rather than a functional motorcycle. It will probably cost as much as a GS too.