I need a couple of years to save up, so am shooting for 2014. Did the Newfoundland, Labrador, Quebec loop last summer, so am all kitted out including expanded gas tank, aluminum panniers and sweet butt cushion. The thing is, that I am used to going it solo and taking my time. On a trip like this however it may be smarter to have some buddies. Don't want to ride with any speedy types and I don't do motels, just camp out. I'm a mosier and stop to look at every animal track and butterfly, so may drive a fellow adventurer nutty. Psyched to hear about the altitude thing. Mine's a 2009. When loaded, a Vermont hill can drag me down to 45mph before I crest her, but I imagine I'll crawl up a dirt track in low gear anyhow. Once on a trip in NE India we only shifted into third four times in three days! Let's keep communicating as plans evolve.