[QUOTE=John Downs;376446]Ride the bike you love. I wish my travel plans involved such pressing decisions.
Yes, decisions, inordinately more loot than I ought to part with and I often think far too many sacrifices made to boot however..........
I have been scooting round on an old but sure footed and reliable K100RS which I'm fortunate enough to have purchased and kept with friends in Europe for the last 5 years or so and use while on yearly holiday.
It has taken me as far north as Norway, along the north German coast, through Poland across Chez Rep, Hungary, Austria Germany, Holland, UK, France up n over Mt Blanc, Italy and Switzerland numerous times. I’ve taken it everywhere even through snow storms going over the Brunner pass, I'm in no hurry to do that again but it's not the first time I’ve been caught in a snow storm on the bike. Let me tell you it raised an eyebrow or two, hugged more than my fair share of sausage warmers too! I mean that literally :-)
Living in the tropics and the outback most of my life it's high time I had a bike to get on the road less travelled, both here and aboard. Something that’s useful, reliable, light, powerful, handles, easy on the eye and hopefully a wise decision / investment for the long term. Not I assure you an easy decision and it's taken the best part of 2 years to save and come to terms with.
I’ve bitten the bullet, started haggling and with 3 weeks to go before departure still have not secured a beast. The number of scammers on the net is confronting, the time wasted makes your blood boil. Once I do if I do secure a bike there’s all the foreign paperwork to ensure I haven’t bought a lemon or stolen bike, either way it’s a challenge that I’m up for and I hope rewarded with as an end result.
I spent all my money on Bikes n Beer. The rest I just wasted.