I can see that I will want to do a lot of the upgrades that beemerphile is doing.(When time/money permits) I think a Russell Day Long seat will be money well spent. I too am disappointed with Honda having to cut the plastic for their luggage. I may go with the Givi E41 Keyless instead of the V35, because the E45 has more room but is also thinner. Also I like the idea of being able to open the case without a key.(I could keep a spare set of keys locked up in case I lost the primary set.) I wonder if the length and height will be too much for the NC? I'm still waiting for the Honda Shop manual, the dealers can't seem to get anything around here.