When I went looking for a replacement for my 'starter' vstrom, i was pretty sure I wanted a full tourer.
Goldwing - wow a civic without a roof. Super smooth, every gadget and quite comfortable. I just could not get over the feeling that it is a to wheeled Miata.
Harley Road King - great bike but just not for me. Found the handeling to be too far into the touring side of the equation. Funny thing after being underwhelmed by the Wing I figued this would be the bike for me - more basic bike that can do long distance.
Thank God for test rides :)