thanks a lot for your comments, which are all fair points.
I'm slowly coming round to the idea of downsizing (when in Rome...), even though I'm now wondering whether to bring my BMW R1200R along - mainly because it pains me to part with it, but also because it could maybe come in handy if I decide to tour Asia (Thailand, Malaysia etc). I know it's a stupid idea, and that I couldn't use it much in Laos, but in addition to keeping it I could also buy a Baja for off/Laos-roading. What do you guys think?
Eesh, I'll buy you a drink with pleasure when I'm over. It should be around January 2013. I'll keep you posted.
Best regards, and safe riding guys,