I ride a Honda GL1100 and am awaiting an August 2006 FJR. I live in Iowa, so have to travel a ways to find interesting riding in Wisconsin, Arkansas or mountain states. When I look at the road map of Colorado, Wyoming, N. Mexico, I see lots of roads that turn into broken dashes, meaning gravel or fire roads. I have NO interest in offroad riding with the FJR, but would like to ride some of these gravel and fire roads. I also expect to find more sand and gravel on paved roads in the mountain states. Am I nuts to try to ride the FJR on gravel or fire roads? Is there a tire for the FJR that would give me good street performance, but would handle gravel or fire roads reasonably well? Am I better off riding a V-strom or some other bike for a mix of pavement and gravel? I have lots of gravel driving experience in cars and used to ride a BMW R60/6 short distances on gravel in Iowa in the 1970s. Advice from more experienced riders is greatly appreciated.