I am looking to potentially purchase a middleweight bike to supplement "my wife's" 2018 Goldwing. I primarily bought the Goldwing so that she is comfortable as a pillion as we were doing a lot of two-up riding... but doing less of that now. Plan to keep the Goldwing for now but we will see if we change our mind. We would use the new bike primarily for one-up local and NC mountain twisty roads. The other KEY use would be to trailer the new bike from NC to the western U.S. starting next year for extended retirement trips. My wife no longer wants to ride across the country on the back of the Goldwing ....so we would use the new middleweight bike for shorter rides from our west base location, including some light gravel in western states like Colorado, etc. Guessing it might be a 50-50 mix of shorter solo and two-up rides.... maybe less pillion time if my wife hates the back seat. The Versys 650 LT is currently at the top of my list. Prefer a 2018 leftover as I like the look of that year vs. the newer ones. I previously owned a 2016 Versys 1000 LT and was generally happy with it. I also previously owned a 2009 V-Strom 650 and was generally happy with that as well. My wife was much more confortable on the back of the Versys than she was with the 2009 Vstrom. I believe the primary issue w/ the 2009 Vstrom was the passenger foot peg position. Other bikes currently considering: 2017+ Vstrom 650, Honda CB500x, Yamaha Tracer 900 GT (prefer new, discounted leftovers for each) Key requirements for middlweight bike: 1) Complements 2018 Goldwing 2) Fun/sporty character 3) Can handle reasonable gravel roads -- much better than my Goldwing 4) Good value 5) Reasonable pillion comfort -- maybe most challenging item?? 6) Lighter / transportable 7) Good adjustable wind protection 8) Good adjustable suspension I weigh 175 lbs and wife is 135 lbs... without gear. I plan to ride as many bikes as possible before pulling the trigger. Other than your feedback - I am guessing that the test rides might seal the deal for me -- assuming that I can get test rides on these bikes. Any and all feedback/recommendations appreciated. Thanks!