Hello All Two year mostly lurker here and finally after reading till my eyes bled I got geared up enough to make a trip. Thought I would start contributing some after all I have learned and will start with a ride report. Late last year I caught the ADV bug and started researching bikes. I rode small dirt bikes as a kid and had a Seca during college that I rode locally, mostly to get the good parking spaces on campuses and to cut costs. I considered and read on just about every bike discussed here, followed the debates closely and finally settled on a Wee....well, actually two. I thought I would get my wife into riding with me and found a set of bikes with low miles (like 2-3k) fully decked with more than I would have ever put on them (pics to come). I flew to Minneapolis late last fall and my brother and I rode them home to Montana missing the 1000K/24hr feat by only a few miles after poor planning. Too bad I didnt get to ride much last fall, snow comes early here in Montana. Having all winter to think about a trip I was ready to to Key West to Alaska by spring. It seems my zeal was not shared by my wife and what I thought would be a month trip turned quickly into 7 days. Shortly after getting the bikes home in the fall we found out we were expecting, so, no ridey for wifey. The abbreviated plan then was to do a northwest circuit. We would leave Bozeman and head to Calgary, see Banff, Jasper, and head West to Victoria, south on 101 and back east to MT. No hotels, no real milestones other than being home on a certain day. I would be riding my 2006 Wee and my brother his (dare I say it) Heritage Softail. Bikes. There is a whole lot I like about my bike and very little I dont. Probably the case with most of us here, but, I was fortunate to buy this set up for travel. Huge Givi cases, highway pegs on the crash bars, Russel saddle, back support, etc.. Both bikes are set up the same but the faster red one is mine. A couple of things worth noting. First, on the good advice of an inmate here I bought a Garmin 2720 for next to 100$ on ebay. Great device and certainly saved my ass several times. Pure pleasure to use. Also, the tool tube idea is great though I have my tools packed elsewhere so fill the space with other necessities . If you can believe it this full bottle of vodka actually returned with us from the trip....not to say we did not relax after riding. Gear. Spending most of my time wrapped up in some outdoor pursuit I appreciate good gear. Also, with the wealth of info on this forum its pretty easy to find reports, see pics, and settle on a plan. Some will say I took way too much shit, they would probably be right but I can tell you that I used it all and most of it I really appreciated having at one point or another. Here is what I took: Bourbon in good quantities was packed in sealable bottles. Camping gear, tool bags, clothes, camp towel, lantern, headlamp, camelback bladder, drink mix, mac book air, jet boil for morning coffee, camp chair, and 24 can polar bear cooler. Seems like a lot of shit, but like I said it packed well with room to spare and I used it all. I was surprised to find my brother got like amounts of shit on his harley, of course I carried the grand cache of red bull and other fluids and a few other bits but he had to lug that big motor and all that crome afterall. I couldnt expect him to carry more and his power buffer . Giving Harley guys shit is fun (if you know em well). Day 1 next. Bozeman to real freakin close to Calgary via a real un-harley like road (we avoided the city).