I will check that helmet out. Also, I have read all the posts here about the mirror extenders and do plan on getting a pair.
My left mirror will not stay in place. I've taken it to the dealer twice and the first time he tightened the 10mm nut inside the higher bolt. It came loose again and he tightened the higher bolt. So far it seems ok but now I don't trust it at all. I'm really worried about not seeing a car in my blind spot and pulling in front of one. I do have the mirrors set the way you suggested but I still can't see through my shoulders.
The Honda CTX700 is a great bike. I have the automatic with ABS and the fairing. It's very comfortable and very easy to balance. I don't know if I'd buy the automatic again though. My thought behind getting the automatic was even though I know how to drive a stick-shift car I don't buy them any more because it's too much work to shift, so why would I want to shift a motorcycle? Now that I have the Versys it's confusing at first when I switch from the automatic to the manual shift on the Versys. Plus it is sort of fun to do the manual shifting. The Honda does have paddle shifters so you can change gears manually if you want without having to worry about a clutch. Also, the automatic is very good at sensing if you want to stay in a lower gear for a while for more pickup. It also has two ranges of auto gearing you can choose, D for driving and S for sport (speed). Below 50mph I use the S mode and over 50 I switch to D mode. Either one will work fine both in town and on the interstate.
The windshield on the Honda is pretty much useless. Your head gets blown around quite a lot on the interstates. You can get a bigger factory windshield but it doesn't look as good so I didn't get one.