This isn't a super-duper epic trip report, so I'm posting it in General instead of in the trip report forum.
I went over to the island this weekend and had a blast just cruising up and down the main highway from Nanaimo to Campbell River and back with a side trip to Port Alberni. This morning I rode down to Victoria and hopped on the ferry.
The bike behaved wonderfully, not really noticing the twin 41-liter panniers that make my little 599 three inches wider than a Goldwing. I held a steady 130 km/h on the Inland Island Highway, and had some fun leaning around in some gusty winds. Despite being a relatively upright bike, the 599 is very comfortable leaning over the tank at that speed.
Rather than upload a bunch of the same pics here and at Honda599.com (where I'm going to do this write-up again), I've uploaded some pics to my website.
The first eight pics were taken at several points between Nanaimo and Campbell River. Among other things, they show one of the less glamorous parts of summer touring, the bugs I'm going to be washing off the bike tonight. The last three were taken in or near Port Alberni. The last one I took to highlight the logging scars that are all too common in BC.
On the July long weekend, I think I'll head for the Okanagan instead. Guaranteed I'll spend part of that weekend on the bike.