Is the DL1000 the bike for me?
Been lurking here for a little while to learn all I can about the Vee. I just sold a nice 2011 GSX1250FA (Bandit). The wife and I bought it last year with the intent of doing light touring. I just never bonded with it.
Problems Ė The seat was only 24Ē long. There wasnít enough room to get comfortable, especially with a top-box. Add to that I am near 60, 6í-1Ē with mild arthritis in the knees. I just could not get comfortable on the bike.
Iíve been researching a replacement bike. My goal is a reliable, fun to ride, easy to maintain, comfortable, roomy bike capable hauling the wife and I wherever we want to go. Iím a fan of the Versys and had one before the GSX. I loved the comfortable ergonomics but the Versys was not big enough for the wife too. Iíve been lusting after the Versys 1000 but it seems Kawasaki is not bringing it to the USA anytime soon.
Most sport touring type bikes, like the Concours 14, are a bit too sporty for my knees and back. Iím not a fan of cruiser type bikes or Gold Wing type land barges. I recently started to consider the V-Strom 1000. Iíll admit Iíve never really liked the looks of the front end but Iím more worried about function and comfort.
I went to a local dealer and looked at a V-Strom 1000 Adventure. It looks better in person but I didnít care for the included luggage and how the top-box, being so far forward, intrudes into the passenger seating area. Iíve been doing research and it appears a Givi Monokey series box can be mounted several inches further back.
So, Iím thinking about getting a 2012 standard V-Strom 1000 and adding Givi cases and top-box, probably the V35 side cases and V46 top box mounted as far back as possible. Iím looking at the V-Strom more as a sport touring bike and Iím not concerned about off-road capability.
What do you guys think, will the V-Strom 1000 do what I want?