Originally Posted by SRG
Even with these 2 wonderful machines, I find myself wanting a third bike. The kind of thing I'm wanting is: good on gravel, better on pavement. Not too fat (< 400#). Good for 2 up. Good for longer rides (300 mile days) and good for trips of up to a week. I'd like fuel injection and 6 speeds. Budget is $5k or so, less would be better.
I don't think anyone can come up with a more capable bike in that price range for what you want than a strom, especially if you wnt to budget for farkeling. if you don't care about abs a versys might work out okay too, and if you don't particularly care about ad entire pretensions a bandit or the like would get you there, too.
a 400 lb 2up bike that is good on gravel and good for 300 mile days is a bit of a tall order.