I used a sheepskin for a long-ish trip recently. Don't expect it to transform the bike into a long-distance couch. The V85 was pretty comfortable, but any bike after enough hours will be torturous. My limit was 10. The next 4 were less than fun. Use a cover for awhile, then take it off to give yourself some variety.
I also run a CalSci large shield like some others do- it provides very good protection and I am totally satisfied with it (I'm 5'10", 32" inseam- very average). The bike pushes down the highway at an indicated 80mph very well. My GPS says that is actually 75mph. Any faster and the noise and turbulence really starts to build up and the gas mileage drops quickly.
Maintenance has been...a breeze. I love Guzzi's for this.
This bike is close- so close- to being a bike I could say that I'll keep forever. But...it isn't. It is a small block motor and is fundamentally different than the big blocks. I have an 850 El Dorado for comparison. like the small block for it's well-mannered characteristics, but it is too close to beemer-like for my tastes. Too smooth, too linear. I'll keep this bike for awhile, then try something else.
Maybe it is just me. I've been married forever (happily), but I like to shop around on bikes.