I am new to the thread and just wondering what your opinions were on the best touring bikes? My wife and i are getting into touring and looking to make the investment into a nice rig. We are wanting to make a trip to Europe next year. We are looking for bikes that will be able to pack 50lbs or so of gear one. Wanting something that has good gears for climbing long hills and good components as well. Our price range is 1500 or so a piece. Thanks for the help!