Sounds like we're cut from the same cloth.
The engine has HRC pistons, Mori stage 2 cams/springs/porting/etc. and a full Akra exhaust, so the airbox seemed like a good idea (came with the bike in a parts box).
I do ride to work on very cool mornings, so, it sounds like I need the thermostat, which makes sense to me.
You're also correct about the weight but that probably won't stop me from wasting money to make the bike lighter when I could easily do better at getting from my present 201 lbs back down to 180 lbs.
I plan to go with Kyle Racing upgrade for the forks and his Ohlins shock out back. I already have the SP-2 link.
I also got the RC Component Daytona wheels with it. I like PVM or Italian wheels more but these came with it and they are about 5 lbs lighter than stock with noticeably less inertia (weight seems to be more towards the hubs).
I just found out the box is fiberglass (thought it was carbon fiber), so maybe I should mod it. DHC is going to make a snorkel for me after the first of the year, so I've done as much for the engine as I'm going to do.
2004 BMW R1150SR Project Touring Bike (in-work)
2005 Honda RC-51 SP-2 - future track tool
2014 Ducati HyperProject (Hyperstrada)