I know people use the Volpe for touring, but I understand it's more of an all-around bike rather than a purpose-built touring bike. I have a 2005 and have enjoyed it a lot for commuting (with rack and rear panniers) and recreational rides. I don't have any specific plans to go touring in the near future, but I would like to give it a try sooner or later. For future reference, I was wondering if this would be a good one to use.
My question stems partly from a couple reviews I have read online where people had concerns about the fork. The specific issue was front brake chatter with a front rack and panniers. It's difficult to know if better brake setup might have helped these people, but I know I had the same problem without adding a rack and additional weight into the equation. I finally added one of those silly-looking brake boosters (an aluminum horseshoe-shaped thing you clamp to the canti bosses to stiffen the fork). It helped a lot. That plus some other tinkering have mostly solved the problem.
So anyway, is there a concern with the fork on this bike for touring? Aside from the fork issue, are there any other things that stand out as being good or bad from a touring perspective?