Pulled the trigger and picked up a Sony NEX-6. Thank you guys for all the tips/help and breakdown of terms. All told, I'm in it for $900. I looked at a few different options but I'll admit, had a bias towards the Sony. I think at this time, it was the best deal. So hard to choose. I think it might be like trying to pick a liter bike, really, they are all awesome and have slightly different pro/cons, but pick the one with the colors you like the most and ride it every chance you get (sorry, I just have a deep love motorcycles and figured a few out there would get it).
Based on what you stated in your original post regarding your feature criteria, I think you made a great choice with the Sony. Really nice to have a mirrorless option with the smaller form factor. There are definitely better m4/3 cameras from Oly and Panasonic, but you'll go up in price and size for sure. Very nice to be able to carry the camera in a jacket pocket and just bust it out on the skin track like a point and shoot.
If I was only shooting stills and not video, I'd have gone with the NEX7.
Looking foward to seeing some more riding shots from you!