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Sounds to me that you have two, maybe two and a half items that challenge – first is the gravel road, second is current lack of real cruise control, and the half might be the actual riding position of your FJR. For me, the RDL or BMS saddle is a must as I contemplate serious mileage – I had a Nomad and a Haley Ultra; both great bikes, similar in some ways, temperament, but both good for the long-pavement and I rode them upwards of 800 miles a week commuting on top of longer trips – but, I don’t think either would have liked your long-gravel road – I had about a quarter mile of gravel at one point and it was never the night-point of my day…

The GoldWing (and its ilk) has never been on my short list (absolutely nothing wrong with them, very popular, they just put me to sleep…) and now that I’ve had a C10 and C14 Connie (both are more bike than I am rider… oh well…) I think they are my current sweet-spot… But I have wondered about the big V-Strom or Versys as a sort of do it all bike style bike. I like a throttle lock (my Ultra had cruise control, but I still used a throttle lock), but if you want cruise control, it is far more available in newer bikes. Plus bikes like the V-Strom or Versys seem to fill the role of “common” bike that was used for everything some decades ago, and likely isn’t totally out of its element on an unimproved road – before we come up with all these specialized machines, usually one bike had to do it all – Sportster, British vertical-twins, but now almost everything is in its own niche’, with supporting techno-gizmos blue-toothed to the rider. In your case (but my mindset) I’d probably just go look at a newer FJR, but if the riding position still doesn’t satisfy your actual riding priorities may not be happy…
 
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