Wow, that's the most complementary review that I've ever seen for the T-12 (Fortnine's was pretty close) And, she's thousands, and thousands less expensive than the "superior" bikes. Never a negative.
I've never been the latest/greatest tech guy. Because you're right, the more "extras" the more things to go wrong. I even had to wait two months to get my Jeep because I had to order it for it to have manual everything. My last truck was also manual everything, back when you you could find them at the dealer. My wife was quite surprised when I got the "bells & whistles" version of the Tenere. The Beemer & Katie have more bells and whistles. I know what I was going to get with the Beemer, and didn't feel like risking it with the Katie. I trust Yamaha.. . . . others with more tech and more power but that doesn't always translate to long term reliability. Initially, I was even hesitant about getting the ES model (more electronics, motors, etc.). . . .