Hmm, 6 months has soon gone since you got your 1290. How many miles you done now? You do quote a lot of factory fitted bits and bobs, but for me, cruise control, Nah. Electronic suspension, still nah. Barring ABS, most of the other stuff is "nice to have", but not a must. I have 5 bikes these days, none of which have needed the suspension altering since I set them up, so a lot of the stuff you mention, I have managed without for years, so they don't interest me one jot. With the exception of my explorer had a heated seat, I must admit I have missed that a bit (must be an age thing). But if I remember correctly you bought your 1290 in Germany? The prices there and the UK are vastly different, so its not really a level playing field. In the UK the 1290 is £16k + more for any luggage etc., and no dealers wants (or has) to do a deal on that, I know this for sure, as my mate has just bought one (must admit, nice bike), also in the UK, unless you are extremely lucky, you have a 100 mile either way trip to a dealer for a service, whereas with most of the Jap bikes, a dealer is just around the corner. My CT has done over 10,000 miles now, bought in May this year, the only thing it has had is a fuel map reload, as on trailing throttle, the drive-shaft was making a clacking noise (which may be what you were experiencing). Since the re-load of the map, no noise. But the finish is what you expect from Honda, more importantly, nothing has gone wrong.