Speaking of buying vehicles. I've been strongly considering the purchase of another bike. Not sure if it can be done this year but I think the new V-Strom 650 Adventure is right up my alley. It has all the add-ons that I've been wanting on my S-wee, plus more upright and more comfy on longer rides. The last one is a biggie. The 650 seems a bit small on the highway sometimes. Not really in terms of power just that it gets blown around by the trucks and such. The 1000 is only another grand in terms of list price but for most of my riding it's not necessary. Not sure what the difference in mileage would be. I love the SV650S but man is that thing brutal on long rides. I don't know if it's me or the bike but I just can't get comfy after an hour in the saddle.
Riding long stretches...that's a paddlin.