The ST1300 is a great touring bike. I think you'll like the Africa Twin for touring because it opens up a bunch of opportunities for sideroads and gravel (or more if you're an accomplished rider with skills for offroad). I don't think I'd every go back to having a sport tourer again after the AT.
Welcome. The ST1300 is an awesome machine but as stated now those loose roads that were intimidating become available. If you have never ridden dirt bikes I would suggest taking a riding class designed for off road or touring off road. The riding techniques learned make your experience much better. One of my favorite trainers is Jimmy Lewis out of Nevada. He exposes riders to all types of terrain including really deep, soft sand. Just a thought.
Took an Africa Twin demo last year, a DCT model, and really liked it.
Have an ST1300 for highway jaunts but was looking for something for the backroads.
Years ago had a BMW R1150GS but was never entirely happy with it.
Couple of weeks ago found a 1 owner 2016 DCT, lots of...
Just wanted to drop in and say hi. Booked my 2020 ATAS (Manual, White/Blue/Red) and am in the excrutiatingly painful waiting period.
Looking forward to interacting with you all here.
Cheers and Ride safe.