Currently riding a 99 RT.
Looking for a smaller bike. Lots of good recommendations from others to look at the 650.
6' 1" 225 lbs.
Ride 1 up exclusively. Camp a lot. Rode from S. Il to Nova Scotia last year. Doing it again this year after riding to Billings for the MOA Rally.
Looking for a 12 or newer used.
Tell me the upgrades I should be sure that has either been done or I will need to to do make it a comfortable long distance bike.
Bar backs, foot peg lowering?
Fork or triple tree mods?
I appreciate all info/advice/opinions.
I downsized from an ST1300 to the Vstrom and am very comfortable on it. Most have to change seat, as with most bikes. You can look at Russell Day Long, Sargent, and others. Seat Concepts will use your stock pan and replace the foam and cover. The other big issue for me was the windscreen. Two popular options are a Givi Airlow, or Madstad bracket and another screen (could be Madstad). I did put Rox Risers on mine, but it wasn't bad without risers.
If you are at all worried (I was) that a 650 wouldn't be enough, don't. Good luck, and as suggested, see if you can take one for a ride so you'll see if it's for you.
2013 Suzuki DL650
Farkles: Givi V46, V35 and racks, Rox riser, Madstad brackets and screen, Givi crash bars, tank pad, Rick's fork brace, mirror extenders, Side stand plate, and Auxiliary shelf, Augustus deflectors, Seat Concepts, Givi Skid Plate, Enduro Guardian Highway pegs, Wolfman Explorer Lite tank bag, Barkbusters VPS
IBA # 35452
2003 Honda ST1300 Sold
1999 Suzuki Marauder Sold