Yamaha Fazer 600 (2001)
I'm just back from a tour trough Eastern Europe (Czech, Slovakia, Hungary and Roemenia), solo with my Fazer 600. Friends of mine and other motor driving collegues advised me to wait a few years till i have a bigger motorcycle, genre Triumph Tiber, Honda Varadero,... anything that is bigger than 600 cc. Rubbish and bull shit, i would say. During the whole trip, this motorcycle was a dream to ride on. After adjusting the suspension a little bit on the back and the front, it drove like there was no luggage on it! (i had 2 saddle bags, a sports bag containing my tent & sleeping bag and of course a tank bag). Overal consumption was 4.3 l/100 km which gave me an autonomy of more than 400 km (20 l tank), i did not remark any oil consumation. Off course, travelling 2-up with a Fazer 600 wouldn't be that handy
Next year i'm going again, longer and further, but i won't look for a new bike. I read a story about a man travelling the world on a Fireblade (Fireblade sjaak off course), and if he can do that, i will be able too - and the bike is too much fun when carrying no luggage. Greets to you all, have a great trip!