So sorry to hear you had bike trouble, but very glad you had fun and did not get hurt! I went for my first longish ride over the weekend on my build too. When I got home I found that my rear fender was barely hanging on, the middle mount had broken and the bolt at the bottom near the kickstand was about to fall off, leaving only the rear mounts on the chainstays!
I ditched the front fender when I put the springer on.
I think I am done with fenders and am going to mount a rear rack and line the bottom of it with something to keep the stripe off my back, lol.
Glad your motor ran well!!! I think 36 is mighty fine. I know on my bike, that speed feels WAAAAAAY fast