Hi, my name is Brian and I have been into bikes since I was 17 and have ridden quite a varied spectrum of bikes from sports bikes to now a sensible selection of bikes but have always been a Honda fan.
My previous bikes have been mostly touring bikes, K1100LT, ST1100, FJR1300,GTR1400 and I sold it to my currently owned ST1300 which I have had since new and it has been a very reliable machine to me, all serviced up to date and due to having a pet mechanic on tap,so if it needs it, it gets it.
I have travelled to Europe every year at some point for the past 20 years and can probably say been there got the T shirt.
I am now semi retired but fancy a 1200X not to replace but in addition to my ST. I have been looking at the adventure style bikes but not for taking off road but for a possible tour of Norway/Sweden/Finland and around the Baltic sea where the chance of riding unpaved roads is a serious possibility and where it just might not be suitable for my ST.(and I don"t want the throw it down the road.)
I have looked at the competition and don't want to jump on the bandwagon that others have done after a posh git and his pal rode around the world.
I am looking to get something up to 2ish years old but instead of asking a dealer the questions who will always say what I want to hear I want to get honest answers to my questions from folks that have used these bikes in anger.
So that pretty much sums me up, I can make the time now to make my trips longer abroad and I am looking for a bike that can hack it.
I will lurk around and if I can't find the answers to my questions I will post up.