I know this topic has been rehashed about a million times, and I have been searching like a fiend, but I would like to get some more current information. So, this July I am planning a moto-trip encompassing a good portion of the US, including Alaska, and 5 Canadian Provinces/Territories. I am leaning towards and "adventure" style bike for the versatility, and for the usability while in NH since our roads suck and are loaded with potholes. My first bike was a Honda XR-650L, and the long suspension travel was awesome, so I am looking for a bike with slightly longer suspension travel, comfort, ability to do longer distances, reliability, and serviceability. I currently have a 2007 BMW R-1200S and a 2006 Yamaha FZ-6, but the BMW is uncomfortable after a couple of hours and the FZ-6 doesn't really strike my fancy. So, the main contenders currently are the BMW R-1200GS (if I can afford it), Triumph Tiger 800XC, Suzuki DL-1000, and the 2012 Suzuki DL-650. The BMW would be a long stretch due to the price, and the 2012 V-strom 650 is a damn good looking bike. I want a reasonably light bike, and I would like something with a bit less power than what I have now in the R-1200S (125hp, 90 ft/lbs of torque). I am not yet mature enough to handle the torque of the S, so a Ducati Multistrada isn't really in the running (even though I lust after something like that). I still want a peppy bike that can accelerate faster than most traffic, is reasonably flickable, but can also carry a decent load. I am figuring this trip to take about 2 months or so, which means I need to be able to carry a week or so worth of clothes, camping gear, some food, my netbook, my camera (Nikon D60), a couple lenses, and other small stuff. I am getting a pretty good idea on how I want to split my gear up, and am currently planning on a bike with 2 hard side cases, 2 dry bags on top of the bike, and a tank bag. So, whatever bike I will take needs to be able to accommodate said setup. So, about me, I am 23 and have been riding for 3 years now, starting with the XR-650l, then going to the FZ-6, and then the R-1200S. I have found that I enjoy low end torque, but I also have come to the realization that I shouldn't have a bike that can wheelie in basically any gear. The boxer engine on my BMW is pretty fascinating, and I will own more BMWs, but am not dead set on getting one for this trip. My biggest concern is reliability. The last thing I want to have to worry about is if I am going to have a major problem on the trip, and honestly, the electronics on the BMW kind of scare me. Now, I am an electrician with experience in electrical control and PLCs, but its not like I am planning on bring a Fluke DMM and have to even think about plugging my laptop into my motorcycle on the trip. So, simpler mechanics are gaining a lot of momentum in my head, hence the Suzukis listed in my bike ideas. I am also planning on financing the bike for the trip to free up some money to be able to ride for 2 months and not work. I have a job for when I get back, but will be job shopping on the way in case I see something better, but I still have to stretch my savings over quite some time, and it would be nice if I could shell out $500 or so for payments on the bike, versus shelling out $10k or so on a used BMW, or $8k for a Suzuki. Suzuki also has 0% financing right now, so a 2012 Vstrom 650 for $125 a month is looking damn good right now. I don't mind throwing a couple grand at whatever bike I buy to kit it out, but I am budgeting $12k for the trip, so the more of that I can do without putting it on my credit cards the better. This trip needs to happen, and this is how I am justifying, so please don't give me a lecture about staying out of debt. So, with all this in mind, I am still a very open minded person, and I do have mechanical ability, so if you guys can throw me some ideas, advice, or whatever, I would really appreciate it. Those bikes are the frontrunners just because of what little I have read about them, but I am definitely open to other ideas. I did swing a leg over the KTM 990SMT, which seems like an awesome bike, but I am just a bit concerned about reliability with the KTM. Thanks guys!