Hello, Im booking in to get my learners in late Jan and will be buying a bike thereafter. I live in North Central Victoria. 41 yo, 183cm 95kg. I have been reading and reading and I keep changing my mind based on on stories that are similar, but not the same as mine. Most of the riding I intend to do is weekend trips for photography. So my stipulations are: Need to carry some gear, most panniers would fit what I need to carry. Not a fan of sport bikes. I have only ridden dirt bikes and farms bikes. But I am happy to do what ever courses are available. There are lots and lots of dirt roads here, which I use often. As well as looooong straight roads. Closest dealers for support are Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki. I really like the look of a couple of cruisers (Vulcan s and V star). But not sure how they will hold up to regular dirt roads. I have been looking at BMW650GS as well, but nothing close for servicing. Ideally, Im going to get something that will last years and I wont want to rush out and upgrade as soon as I can. Not a huge fan of speed. Getting a bike is more about a freedom / exploration thing for me. Anyway, thanks for any assistance.