While the Terra certainly looks nice, the 5 speed and 400lb wet weight are a bit of a limitation. The Terra is not far from the KLR650 that I sold and replaced with the Tiger 800xc. I'm looking for something more like the WR250R.
The Husky TE610 looks excellent... I just don't find good examples near me regularly. DeBandi had a nice one that he sold while I was in Iraq.
Are there any brands that I am missing or that I should consider?
Honestly for something like an Alaskan ride I would most likely take my 800xc, that's why I bought it... super long distance tourer. I'm still on the fence of how I feel about the Tiger though; I only have 612 miles on it. If I find something that I really like that combines everything about the WR250R but with more power for the interstate... I'd probably sell the 800. Great bike, just heavy for me. Maybe if I get more miles on it I will start to enjoy it more.
My main issue is the idea of taking my WR250R on something like the TAT... then riding it for four days straight on the interstate home. Riding the 250 on the street isn't that fun anymore... it doesn't feel that fast. More power, same weight, better interstate manners...
Sorry for rambling. I'm trying to ween myself from Caffeine.