Well here goes: We are planning a trip to Alaska next summer (actually up to Tuktoyuktuk), and I think this winter would be a great time to snag up a bit more of a distance bike. I currently ride a 2002 Vstrom 1000, and I feel that it just isn't quite right for this trip. I am happy with its performance, but distance comfort was not put on the top of the list when designing this bike, therefore I'm looking for something different. The new bike would probably be touring focused, so shaft drive, wind protection, storage, and range are all pretty important. Oh, and I am on a bit of a budget. I've looked at ST1100s and Connie 1000s, but haven't had a chance to ride either, and I'm wondering if there is anyone out there with other ideas for what I'm looking for. (I've also done my research on FJRs and C14s, that is just a bit much for me right now). Thanks for looking!