Thanks for that, I have to say I like the look of the F650 and when I rode one alone a fewe years ago it went like a rocket).
How did you carry your gear? Are throw-over panniers O.K? We're going in August so the weather should be fine. What were the Rockies like to ride through?
PS Ref UK: My friend is buying an F650 from a dealer in Ilford, Essex. Insurance right- offs. He says they just have scratches, etc - What do people think? (Prices range from Â£1200-Â£1350 and only a few years old)