Possible new Stromer
I'm looking at trading in my 2000 R1 for a 2012 DL1000 L2.
Basically i'm after more comfort solo. More comfort 2-up, and Off road ability
I took the 2012 DL650 ABS for a test ride and loved it except for the lack of punch, but i'm hoping the Vee will cover that (i know it wont be endless power on tap like my R1)
I'm ready to pull the trigger and buy on as a local dealer is offering a Vee on road with 47ltr top box, top loading panniers, crash bars on road for just under AU$13K
My only worry is height, i'm 172cm tall and can flat foot my R1 which has a 815 mm (32.1 in) seat height. but the Vee I can only tippy toe. I fear i wont be able to walk the bike on my tippy toes for parking, plus keeping it stable while getting a pillion on/off, also my driveway is quite the incline could be interesting dismounting on a hill?
The local dealer has told me that the DL650 seats don't fit the new 2012 DL1000. So there goes that idea to lower her. I haven't checked to see if it still has the seat rubber underneath that i could trim but i don't think that will lower it enough?????
I know there are always lowering links but as I want to ride off road i am worried about clearance, especially because some of that off road will be 2up(nothing crazy just state forest roads).
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. As the height is the only thing stopping me pulling the trigger on a purchase.
TLDR: Love the Vee, Wanna buy, Worried about height, recommendations?