Just a quick hello, recently moved to Ballarat from North Central Vic. I've been riding off and on for 20 years, both dirt and road. Sold my bikes a couple of years ago when we started a family and also from a lack of time (as you do). I've been itching to get back riding so it's time to start looking for a bike. I think I'll be sussing out the sports tourers as my back isn't as good as it used to be. My Dad still rides and is terminally ill so I'd love to get out with him and get away on a few rides before he has to give up riding. He lives nearly 4 hours away so comfort is pretty high on my list of requirements. My last bike was an 04 CBR600RR which I mainly used for track days and the occasional jaunt away. I'm having a week off work in early Nov to get away and see some sights. I've been reading through the touring threads looking at what others have done and soon I'll start putting together a plan of attack. The idea is to camp where I can to save money. About 10 years ago I went up the Hume and across to the coast then just followed my nose back south along the coast from Bateman's Bay, then back up through Melb, ending up getting whiteline fever and did the whole trip back in one day. That was a big mistake and I was rooted when I got home, from memory it was around 14 hours from the time I left early to the time I rolled in the gate at home. I'll never do that again.