I hear ya. Gotta match your “mission” to the bike and then the dollars, at least until we hit a Lotto.... That tank size thing you mention, truly a key point. It’s a serious game changer, both as a plus for range planning, as well as all that weight you’re going to feel up there. Lots of talk about how the bike carries it well. Hmm. I suppose, but its just another factor in the bike feeling very much unlike a real off-road machine. So, i live with the bulk/weight of the machine in exchange for its other great features, which include that fantastic range. I can grind out 300+ miles on a tank with absolute ease, or more likely get off my ass every couple hours to squirt some gas in and stretch my legs. I do both regularly, and it’s liberating to just be able to remove any real concern about range, depending on what kind of riding you do. I far prefer to be off the beaten track (far from any interstate if i can), so fuel planning can be a hassle When u don’t know whether the next couple of “towns” on the map are just a boarded up post office and church and no gas stations, but not with the 8gal tank.