No problem and thanks for the invite!!! It'll probably be a year or maybe two before I get out your way again, but we for sure will make it out there. I see you're looking at either an 1150 or a 1200. I would also give some throught to an 800. They're nimble, quick and remarkably capable offroad assuming they have the tires for it. I bought mine last July and have racked up 7000 miles in 6 months. I'm sure it would do well in the dirt backroads of Cork. Glad you liked the report and I know the feeling about forgetting what's in your own backyard, I've been working on seeing my own country lately. Here's a link to my recent trip if you want to check out some of the states. http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=850524
Thanks for the input and I might hit you up when I come back out!