Originally Posted by PhotoBiker
What kind of riding will you be doing?
Are you going to spend most of your time commuting?
Riding on the freeway?
Hitting the back roads? Dirt? Etc?
Both bikes will serve your currently listed purposes fine, it will come down to the kind of riding you want to do.
Wow, lots of replies
Most of my time will be either commuting, or going on occasional weekend trips. I'd say 95% pavement, with the occasional gravel/logging roads (nothing too hard-core off-road).
Thanks for all the replies thus far. I've been reading them all and taking in a fair assessment of each bike's strengths and weaknesses.
If it wasn't for forums like this, research on these amazing motorcycles would be a bit hard. Dealers tend to be very biased, and often they just care for selling you the product. However, I like to research very well before spending my hard-earned money.