I've come to the conclusion I'm going to need something different than the LT to do rides to Alaska, Labrador Canada, and other corners of the world where paved roads don't go all the way.
I'm looking for suggestions for an alternative bike to be used mainly on paved roads, but able to safely and efficiently chalk up the miles on unpaved roads- mainly gravel ones- particularly those along the Canadian highways that can be at least 70 miles or longer in a stretch.
The kicker is it has to be comfortable for 2 up, especially for the passenger, over long hauls- 1000 miles plus. Also, it will need to carry panniers, and probably a trunk case or some sort of back rest at the very least (again, got to keep the Mrs. comfy).
Also, we're each approx. 5 ft. 8 inches w/ an inseam approx. 30 inches; weights are 120 and 190 lbs.
Originally, I was thinking of a dual purpose bike such as the R1150GS (not the adventure, though) or perhaps the Suzuki DR650 or 1000. I think the 650 would probably be a little too small. I see the Aprilia Caponord is favored by some as being comfortable.
But is a dual purpose bike really necessary? I'm wondering if a lighter bike with a lower center of gravity and tires designed more for the task would not suffice?
would probably lean towards a low mileage used bike, unless the new ones are relatively inexpensive (7 or 8 grand tops).