long story short (too late) I decided i'm not really into the several day long, bike vacation type, as I was planning, so sold my top case/rack a few weeks back and envisioned a more day trip / fun about town machine.
My thanks to
for answering questions related to fender removal and rear light positioning (even though I went in a slightly different direction)
Removed: Corbin Seat, Rear rack/top case, side mounts and bags, rear fender
Added: Front and rear LEDs, custom mudguard / license plate holder
apologies for not taking more pix. once I got going I realized I basically only had before and after pix, so here's the after