Re: Long-term plans for long-distance rides
Take a look at some of the bikes that the members here have built, to start with.
If you're looking to take long trips, comfort is your first consideration. You've got to be able to sit in the saddle for an hour or two (minimum) at a time easily. Find a bike that works for you that way, then you can start thinking about the engine.
For instance, of my bikes the cruiser (which I admit is a little small for me) lets me sit upright holding the handlebars easily. The beast, being a mountain bike, is a different sitting position with some of my weight being carried by my hands as I lean forward on the handlebars. Both have thier advantages but to me the cruiser is more comfortable for long rides.
Any day that starts with a good ride is already a better day, and a bad day riding still beats a good day working.
My Builds: My Beast
, Harley59's bike
, my Cruiser