First, this is my first post to this forum and I just joined today. My first bike in 1974 was a '72 XLCH but, I have been riding BMW's pretty much ever since, except for a new 883 in '90. I came back to HD in 02/07 with a '07 Road Glide (Mirage Orange) and I keep asking myself..."why did I wait so long to buy another HD?". It is a fantastic bike! The last BMW was sold last week (the exit from BMW is another story) Anyway...my wife rides as well and has been for 12+ years on her own bike. Like me (or at least the old me), she rides a BMW too (F650 with a Rotax 650 thumper motor - very smooth though for a thumper). She is inseam challenged and even with her F650 lowered, she somewhat "tippy toes" (she is 5'3" bare foot, 130# and 52 years old). When we ride together (not two up), our longest day in the saddle is 500 - 550 miles. Here starts the need for your input so we can compare a 1200 vs. 883 (probably go with a L model and solo seat): 1. What are the vibration levels on a 1200 vs. an 883 at say 60/70 mph? I am not concerned about the windblast at those speeds as a small windshield would be installed. 2. What are some of your experiences for 500 mile days? Ready to call it a day or could go a few hundred more? 3. Luggage capacity is not really an issue as I seem to always haul all of the stuff with a small tail bag on her bike. 4. Reliability issues are not really a question as I feel comfortable with that issue. 5. The power of a 1200 is not an issue either as she is an excellent rider, MFS training, IN to MT trip, IN to ME trips, etc. All of my questions (maybe concerns) center around how the bike will feel on road trips. I understand that is somewhat of a personal issue but, any input, expereinces, etc. will really be apreciated. Our local dealer (Brandt's HD in Wabash, IN) has a 1200L for demo but, the weather has turned cold again in IN and a demo ride is temporarily not realistic. Thanks for anyone's input, opinions, etc., I really appreciate it!