I am taking 9-12 months off work and touring all of the Americas. I currently own a Harley 2008 Street Glide. I have 12k on it since buying it new in May and seems to be running fine. No major problems. It fits me well, rides like a Cadillac, and there are HD dealers everywhere, even in Buenos Aires, where my wife will be flying out to meet me for a few weeks during my tour. My main question is am I crazy to be attempting this trip on an HD? I find myself stopping frequently at the BMW dealer, drooling over the 1200GS. It certainly seems better equipped to handle a wider variety of road conditions although they cant match the dealer support throughout the Americas. I am not an experienced off-roader and when looking at my bicycles, I have a fixed gear and a road bike, no Mountain bike 'cause am really not a big fan of Mountain biking. (no offense to anyone, I admire Mnt Bikers but I just dont find any enjoyment in spending 1 full day going maybe 20-30 miles on single track). I think this might hold true for off roading on a motorcycle as well? Anyways, I think most of my time would be spent on the paved roads. So why not a Harley? Do any of you have any experience or know anyone who has made such a trip on a HD bagger? I absolutely love this forum and have great respect for all of your expertice and wisdom. Your replies would be greatly appreciated. I ride alone, and not part of the HD culture so feel free to flame away in this regard!