I’ve been thinking about moving to an adventure bike for about the past year. I just returned from a 3000 mile trip through Colorado and seeing all the dirt roads and mining roads that I couldn’t take my Harley down has pushed me to deciding the time is now. I need some input to help me find the right bike. I’m looking for a bike that I can still do 700-800 mile days on pavement on, but can pack a fishing pole with my gear and go down dirt roads, fire roads, etc with out worrying about the bike. I don’t intend to get into much single track type of stuff or real advanced trails, but I did race motocross and ride dirt bikes for 15 years so I’m not afraid to hit the dirt. Im really considering a new V-Strom 1000xt adventure or a 3-4 year old BMW 1200GSA. Im not opposed to an Africa twin or super adventure, but I don’t know if the AT would be ideal for the long long days in the saddle and I worry about the KTM dealer network. I’m a bigger guy at 280, so need to take that into consideration when I make my choice, and I also want to be able ride two up as my wife enjoys going on trips with me. Any input from the group on what might be my best option? I’m leaning towards the Suzuki because of reliability and costs, but will this bike be suitable for what I want? Also, I have never had a bike in the shop for work before as I have always done everything my self in my Harley’s and dirt bikes including everything from oil changes to motor rebuilds. Will I be able to do most everything on the V-Strom or the BMW or will the BMW require specialty tools and thing to work on?