sgl0226 - Probably about like you are (2 rides this summer Milw to the UP and Milw out to either Badlands or Ill. Ozarks)
Eskerinola - Probably go with a T Bag but are what are the saddle bags-Don't need EZ Brakets (once you have storage space you never go back)
I agree about not taking the bags off. Biggest reason I got the brackets is to take bags off to clean the bike. Very easy to take off and put on.