We've both bought a new bike this year, ready for the challenge.
Sue's bike is a Dawes Horizon:
The 2008 model in blue with Shimano Sora/Alivio gears. She has the smallest size - 48cm - and changed the saddle for a ladies model. It was bought from Spa Cycles in Harrogate. I'd recommend a visit there, if you're in the market for a new tourer. They let you test ride them on the road outside the shop and are happy to change components and adjust things to suit.
Trevor's bike is a Ridgeback Panorama:
Though mine is the 2008 model in gunmetal grey. It's a mix of Shimano Tiagra/XT and Deore, bought from Freewheel Cycles in Nottingham. Mine is the 58cm model and I've changed the saddle for a Brooks B17 leather saddle.