Thanks guys. I will check them both out. The twtex forum looks really good. I've secretly wanted a dual sport forever.
Also, the gf will be away on biz starting Thrusday through Sunday so I may take that opportunity to do a long ride (heat be damned!). I've been eyeing Santa Fe despite the long ride to that area that's required. Not sure yet. I'll post up after I do some more thinking about what times I can escape from work.