Ha, tough crowd! I knew I'd get a reaction! They're definitely not for everyone.
I did watch that one, and part of the reason for getting the Shad kit was the capability to add the panniers at some point. I don't think I will on this bike, but you never know...
All good! We've all got different taste, and we all use our bikes differently. I love international forums like this to get a look at how folks across the globe use their bikes.
A couple of bikes ago I had a Honda NC700X, which was almost universally hated here in the states for being slow, boring and ugly. But across the pond they seemed to be very well received for their practicality. That forum was very euro-centric, the rule of thumb was the cheaper, more practical, and ugly the better! I thought it was a great little bike, I put 60k happy miles on this one.
More recently, the past few years I've been on another ugly beast..
Point being... even with the top case, the RS is the best looking bike I've owned in a long time
I can't imagine heading out on a 400+ mile day in rural TX without at least minimal tools to repair a flat, a water bottle, extra layers / rain gear depending on time of year, etc... I can't find a soft luggage solution that fits my needs. And for the commute... you just can't beat the hard stuff.