Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Dallas area, Texas
Howdy and welcome to the forums.
Not sure about the requirements to post pictures. Try it and see, I guess- I'm seeing a little "Insert Image" icon above the box where I'm typing. If that doesn't work, you can put them on photobucket, and cut-n-paste the "img" data here, which is how I normally post pictures.
I'd suggest to jump on over into the "Long Distance" forum and ask specific questions there. I don't know that I'm the one to answer them, but reading your post, I'm wondering what specifically you don't like about the bikes you have.
One thing to watch out for is that you may never need the low end of your gearing on that triple, but if you do enough longer rides, at some point you'll wind up going up a hill steeper than you hit on your regular runs.
"be careful this rando stuff is addictive and dan's the 'pusher'."