The bike is very heavy, but it's mechanically reliable, has wheels that have 1700 miles on them without a broken or even loose spoke, has a rack, rear panniers, lights, and is stable. I've used it to commute, ride metric centuries, and it's even been on some singletrack, although that hasn't been by choice. And while the bike is heavy, no touring bike is going to be light when loaded.
While I could go out and buy a "touring bike", I'm curious to find out if the Navigator would serve this purpose. Also, like many cyclists, I'm cheap. I already own this bike.