Please keep those interesting ride reports coming, and don't forget to take pictures. I usually purchase products on the low budged side of the market (Rev-it clothes, HJC helmet) while trying to avoid going into the very cheap side. I don't have the big budget anyway, but it is mainly because it sucks less when they fail. Buy cheap, buy twice, simple. Buy expensive, return to manufacturer for fix, argue with manufacturer over warranty, stop using product, let it rot in your garage while you keep using the cheap product you bought for few days emergency use. I avoid aftermarket motorcycle products unless they are for bling. A small LED construction flood light can work better than dedicated motorcycle LED add on light. Cheaper and higher quality seals can be bought at dealers for manufacturers like SKF. Small companies entering the market, or just catering to local market, can have much better products than the big international companies. It is not just motorcycle products, your inexpensive, overnight, custom made, leather camera bag continues to be used. Another thing that I consider a big minus is how complicated current big adventure bikes are. Your BMW needed parts almost as rare as hens teeth, plus hours and hours of major surgery, only to replace a simple seal. Then your ECU went into stupid mode, ran rich, fouled your plugs, plus all the other stuff. 250-500cc homemade adventure bikes may not be better (CRF, WR, etc). It depends on the work that has been done to them, but they are viable alternative at half the price. I am not going to go into my opinions on how this happens, like "don't believe internet reviews", "the designers don't have experience with the products", "it costs money to make quality, the big companies use that money on marketing" and "the good materials are banned because they are poisonous or pollute". Keep your wheels rolling and on the ground.