I would second the BMW oilheads (1100-1150) or the Africa Twin.
Twins will be smoother than a single (that is not to say that all singles are very vibby, just more so than a twin). They should have more power and the larger cc should give more torque.
Despite what some might say the oilheads are very relaible in my experience and ditto the AT, from what I've heard.
They can be picked for pretty good money and hold their value.
I would say that the AT has the edge in the dirt but the Beemers are likely to have the edge ion the road: more power.
Stacks of accessories for both, good tank range, decent economy (although singles should do better in this respect...)
I would add the likes of the Suzuki V-stroms, (1000 and 650) and the Honda Varadero. The Suzukis seem to have left good impressions on owners, but I can't comment on them size-wise. Although I have not ridden one, I would avoid the Varadero if you plan to go off-roading ,due to its linked brakes and lateral radiators (as opposed to facing forward like on most bikes). However, they are said to be excellent tourres, very comfy, reliable (honda!) and they are tall!
Biggest down side for all is that they are heavy, but this is only really a considertaion of note if you plan to do dirt riding, and what kind.
How big an issue this might be for you depends on how much dirt you plan to do...
Don't get me wrong. I'm note saying avoid a single, but as someone said earlier "why not consider twins?": just keep your options open until you get the chance to ride a few bikes, so...
Go test ride some!!!... as your height will have a big effect on what you consider a comfortable bike.
Adventure: it's an experience, not a style!
(so ride what you like, but ride it somewhere new!)
Last edited by Warthog; 19 May 2009 at 19:07.