Here's the deal - 6 months long service leave (thx to Steve Brack's new half-pay twice duration option for LSL) and travelling around Europe/UK, Iceland and Canada from Apr - Oct 07 (at least that is this week's plan!). The question is what bike? My biking experience is limited - had a GPz250 as the learners bike.... for five years, had a Z500 (mid-70s) for two months riding from Seattle to LA in the early 90s, had a GSX600F (95) for 18 months when living in DK in the late 90s. Not much since then, so a bit rusty in the riding stakes...so was looking around the 650cc mark. Like the look of semi-nakeds, although reading through HUBB/Horizons Unlimited (which is more aimed at the Paris to Dakar trips) adventure bikes (as they are called in another thread on here) seem to be the go. Obviously riding the bikes is a nice fundamental, but would appreciate any comments, especially from riders that have ridden around Northern Europe/Iceland and Canada. (I'll leave the Paris-Dakar trip until there's a few more ks under my belt!) Adventurers: VStrom 650 appears the best taking into account $$ (F650 and Tiger seem a bit exxy)....although the thread on Versys v VStrom is quite amusing! Semi-nakeds: Z750 or SV650S (the puke blue colour of the SV650 is pretty offputting... at least the Kwaka has a black option.) From what I can read on the net, there doesn't seem to be a huge support for the FZ6 or ER6n (maybe I could use the can of Taubbies Mission Brown paint in the back shed to give it racing stripes with a true 1970s colour scheme). Anyway looking forward to your thoughts.... Rob PS: and please do not suggest a gold wing... a combie is more appealing to me!