As promised, a photo of the "tree trunk". The ride this morning proved to be a very pleasant experience as it wasn't the constant right arm wrestle with the handle bars the last one was. Its amazing how things stabilize nicely once you rub two brain cells together, take a minute to think and then find the proper weight distribution. By the way, the two, one gallon fuel cells attached to the top box are full and didn't seem an issue on tarmac or hard pack gravel ... I reserve the right to change my tune at a later date. :)
Oh, yes, there is enough room for me on there. BMW provides a shoe horn complete with embossed logo for just such occasions.