This summer I did a cross-country ride on my 1100GS racking up 10,000 miles in 34days. I think the trip may have addicted me to long distance riding, since I got back all I can think about is the next trip. Next year I hope to do an even longer ride. Either Prudhoe Bay -- tierra del fuego or circunnavidating via: USA Canada Russia and Europe. I'm just starting to lay this trip out on paper and the first problem I see is my bike, I feel my GS will be too heavy for the amount of off roading either of these trips require, additionally Having something thats better on gas would be a plus. So I figured I'd take suggestions my price range will be 4- 7k including luggage and anything else to prepare the bike for the trip. personally im partial to German bikes, but I'm not sure how readily their parts will be in eastern Russia if needed.