Definitely check out the Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT...comes ready for trips (windshield, pass. backrest, and saddlebags). I've got the 2007 model and have had nothing but success with it. Most people mistake it for a larger cruiser. Fuel injection, liquid cooled, belt-drive, and enough power to get you where you want to go. My wife and I have done two week-long trips on it, no problem (with luggage rack and tour bag). We upgraded to the XC because we plan to head out west and wanted the cruise control and sixth gear. You should be able to find a newer one for under $6k.
2012 Victory Cross Country (Black) - CeeBailey 13" windscreen, JTD Lowers, Utopia driver's backrest & bagliners, Victory passenger backrest & hardbag crashbars, Garmin Zumo 660 GPS, Interphone F5.
2007 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT (Black/Silver)
2006 Honda Shadow Aero 750 (Dark Red)
Last edited by webbiker; 11-13-2012 at 12:02 PM.