Hello, It's cold as hell (about 5F as I type this), so that makes it the perfect time to start thinking about a spring (or midwinter) bike purchase. If you're as bored as I am, read along, and offer some suggestions/advice/experience. Need: Bike for 1-up trips ranging from a weekend to a week. Nothing more adventurous than gravel roads. Interstate mostly avoided (but 100% avoidance is nearly impossible). I'm 5'11" with pretty long arms. Experience: Previous bike for this purpose was an ST1300 w/ bar risers (too heavy, too boat-like, upright seating made uncomfortable). Current bike for this purpose is a Street Triple R (too little wind protection, too twitchy, kinda short range). I can stand (some) more forward lean, but no more leg bend than the Street Triple. Considering the following (with perceived pros and cons; note I've never ridden any of them): BMW K1300S =========== +comfort for the long-armed +factory storage +electronic toys +good suspension +shaft drive (? I'm not sure if I really care enough to call this a plus) -way more power than I'll ever need/use (I'll never see the top half of the speedo) -expensive -pretty heavy Honda VFR800 ============ +Honda reliable (other than electrics...) + <500lbs wet Note: This is False +V4 motor +pretty good deal used -average / poor suspension -can it power heated liners? Triumph Sprint ST ============== +awesome motor +factory bags available (?) -cramped riding position [600cc Sport Bike] with bags (e.g. R6, CBR, GSXR, maybe even SV650 and FZ1) ====================== +lightweight -too aggressive riding position -Japanese bikes tend not to fit me without ergonomic modification -looks awkward with hard luggage [Touring Land Barge] (e.g. FJR, Concours, R1200RT, etc) ================ +factory luggage +good wind protection -heavy and pig-like -too upright seating position So, what am I not thinking of? Or, do you have one of the bikes above, and am I wrong about it?