Some time out around the region was the first good opportunity to put some consecutive hours on the new saddle and to add a little gravel to the mix. I switched to off-road mode without disabling ABS for about 30 miles of gravel. With full luggage I did not try anything crazy, but I did force the rear to slide and it did without any electronics cutting in harshly. I will reserve judgement until a better test without a full load, but impressive so far.
On road, the gearbox feels better with each passing mile. The engine heat is truly significantly reduced and was only noticed in a traffic jam late in the ride. Ambient temperature hovered around 90 degrees for the whole ride. The seat is also a world of difference. The only drawback is further raising the seat height. Mileage was 46.9mpg over 1.5 tanks of fuel.