The challenge is always going to be sorting out what you 'need' from what you 'like'. The guys who've already posted have all given you great options for a variety of awesome bikes, from scooters to dual sports, sportbikes and naked bikes. All of these have followings of fans. The fact that many (most?) of us have more than 1 two wheeler shows that there is no perfect vehicle for all purposes. Your highest satisfaction will come when you find the sweet spot of the type of vehicle that you really love to be on, and that checks off all the basic needs that it has to fulfill, whether that be price, fuel economy, seating position, carrying capacity, ease of maintenance, handling, speed, looks, etc. There are no wrong answers here. However, there may be vehicles that are not as suited for YOU as others are. A lot of people on this scooter section of ADV are here because we've gone the big bike route and have found that scooters fill a very good niche in our riding needs. What's right for you is what's right for you. Good luck in your research.