Theoretically any bike that will do 100kph can run on the highways but after riding a Goldbarge I wouldn't feel comfortable with something small. I'd suck it for a few Kms up to get around a problem but not a Windsor Montreal run.i just got myself a drz400. Its my 3rd riding season this year. The drz400sm would make a great beginner bike, but seems like people dont consider it as such. Definitely more fun than the 300cc sport bikes for me. Only down side is top speed for highways, but for local roads its a blast.