You know I'll try to be there! I also host a tech day for the Concours Owners Group (COG) at my home in the winter time. If there is enough interest I would be willing to host one for the Strom. It's a great way to break up the winter blues PMS (parked motorcycle syndrome)!
It's been a couple of weeks since I last rode Hwy 1 to Ely - I'm up for any rides - although deep sand doesn't sound like fun - last Thursday I rode some trails near Sturgeon Lake on my Honda XL600R it was deep sand and tight turns after two crashes and uncountable near crashes I've had enough on that for a while. Keep us posted here - if it's an all paved route I've got some buddies who I'm sure would tag along they're not big on dirt though so if you're thinking dual sport they'd be out.
I will be hung over on Sunday as I am reliveing my youth. A co-worker is having his 30th birthday and I get to act like a young 30 yr old agian. My wife and kids are headed to North Dakota. Would be willing to meet for a ride around noon. I plan on about a 200 mile total ride down to New Ulm and back. Can be done as all pavement, or 70/30. I would prefer the 70/30 but it can be done either way.
I agree that there are many fun roads in the Duluth area. HWY 1, the Echo Trail, the USFS roads north of 61. I would enjoy a weekend outing up there again.