I just got back from my first week long multi-stop trip, going from Dublin to Limerick/Killarney, then the Ring of Kerry, Ring of Beara, and back via Cork and Rosslare. Ireland is a great place for biking - only 3 million people (1m of those are in Dublin) makes for some pretty empty roads. Ring of Kerry was a bit like riding round Cornwall or Devon but with mountain backdrops. Ring of Beara was much more fun, much more empty, well surfaced empty lanes and roads and such stunning dramatic landscapes around every corner. The Healy Pass was a (literal) highlight. For the most part I barely got past 4th gear - 3rd was plenty for the Ring of Beara - only getting back up to 5th and 6th on the long stretches at the start and end of the trip to and from the ferry ports. The bike was great fun to ride in all conditions including torrential rain on a motorway section - hurricane Gert was just finishing her trip across the Atlantic as I arrived. My only "complaint" if you can call it that is I can only manage about 90-120 minutes in the saddle before I need a break to rest my weary arse. On the R1100RS I can go 3+ hours without stopping and not even notice any discomfort when I get off, but this bike is a little bit of a compromise, with slightly more emphasis on the Sports than the Touring - a compromise I didn't mind really, as I had so much fun going for rides around in between the long stops. I found the standard luggage perfectly fine and my stuff stayed as dry as a bone inside the liners. Also it's much easier to just take the inside bags into your B&B etc. rather than the whole pannier/topbox set. Great journey, great ride, great place, great people, great bike. Already planning more trips!