I am very sorry to hear of your bad luck.
1700.00 is a very bitter pill to swallow. I could not, and would have to turn the wrenches myself. This is another one of those moments when I say WTF have I done buying this expensive and very intoxicating machine.
While I have been on it for only a few months, I do ride it, and it seems to enjoy being ridden.
I don't engine brake a lot, but do use it in certain situations I am a firm believer in the brakes, and use the front with great joy, and sometimes surprising stopping power and yea I use the rears too. Pads sound real cheap compared to a clutch
Take off, well seems to be another one of the LT's endearing traits and it continuer's to boggle my mind, sometimes I can at times take off like nothing, and others I seem to be slipping the clutch, but can not find what I or the bike is doing different between the good, bad, and ugly take offs
Now is a good time for EVERYONE to start bragging about their clutch life