I am glad to see you personally posting to the forum after the accident instead of reading a post from family, friends or a loved one that was following up.
Hope you have speedy recovery as I can't imagine what you are going though.
I was just sitting here thinking about your question and a couple of thoughts come to mind: You are thinking about a long trip but how many days & miles per day do you think you will ride? My reasoning is if you are looking at a few hundred miles per day, another *V* may be your best choice since you apparently like it. If you did go up to a bigger bike and satisfy the requirements of this trip, when yout return, is it a bike you want to ride everyday? Not sure if your *V* was your everyday bike or not.
If you plan on riding just one bike, most of the time, a big bike may not be as enjoyable for short trps to work, compared to touring. We have a ST1300 for touring as there is no way my bride would ever
take a trip onthe *V* as she does not like it. So that is "our" bike while the *V* is my daily ride.
Tough choice I know, but not sure if you were looking for a touring type bike for a trip or two, and this would also be the daily ride or not.
Either way, hoping for a speedy recovery