Hey KayakNate! I love my bike, I have toured the country on it several times but until this trip the longest was 5k miles. This one was hard on my body because of the pace and schedule. Riding the miles alone probably would have been ok, but because I did 40 photoshoots and media in almost every city with 7 major events I was really tired. To answer your question, I would not choose a cruiser but I would choose an adventure touring bike. Possibly a GS750, a Tiger Triumph or I would also love the new KTM 790 adventure. Something I can strap my tent too and also do a bit of off road. Gotta find those hot springs, ya know what Im saying!?
I’ve always wanted a Monster...but the Triumph sounds cool as well. Bikes are awesome.
I used to ride a Speed 4 but sold it because I didn’t have time to ride, now I drive a Miata and have a kid. I will say that around the time I quit riding texting/mobile internet had really gone mainstream (circa 2014 ish) and distracted drivers were just awful. Does that ever make you reconsider riding?
All bikes are awesome, I totally agree! Triumphs are so nice too. I have always been pretty aware that an accident can happen at any time so my attitude hasn't changed much, if that makes sense. I never take anything for granted on the road. I try to stay super alert. Congrats on the kid!
I've put a lot of cross country miles on my Guzzi V7 but I think if I were to do it again, I'd get something heavier and with a wind screen. There were areas in TX KS and central California where the cross winds were so strong, I had real issues feeling in control of my bike.