Thanks for feedback
I agree about Alaska, unfortunately I left it too late. Idaho, Montana, Utah are appealing and very likely.
I wont spend too long in the US though as I would rather spend more time in Mexico, CA and SA. They are cheaper and less like Australia (home)
Patrick I know you are a huge Vstrom fan.
I have read many of your positive reports in other threads. I look forward to trying one out. They seem to be quite a bit more expensive that the KLR. Are they worth the extra? Particularly since I will be having to sell in SA to a very reduced market as it appears I cannot sell to a local, leaving me only other travellers.