Finally....got a Wee
When I started riding again about 5 years ago, I had been off bikes for 32 years. Doing my research, I found the Vstrom. I didn't get one because of funds. So, I opted to get a scooter to get my feet wet again. The Bergman 400 lasted 4 months , then I got a 2012 NC700X . That was pretty sweet bike for me and i kept it about a year and traded up to a 2012 Super Tenere.
By now, I was ready to ride! I did 45,000 miles on the S10 in 3 years. Knocked a bunch of bucket list places off! Then, the S10 needed a valve adjustment. The shop charged me $585 and it sounded worse than when I brought it in.
When you don't trust your mechanic, it's not a good feeling. I traded it in for a new 2017 Versys1000. I rode the Versys for almost a year (13,000 miles) and was never comfortable on it.
So, here I am with a 2015 DL 650 XT Adventure! Currently we have no local Suzuki mechanic so I'm going to order a manual and do the valve check when the time comes. The bike only has 7,000 miles on it so that will be a while.
I've done 3 SS1000 's (all on the Tenere) and love long distance riding. While riding the DL back from Georgia, i was very comfortable and can see me doing more IBA rides. I like the easy way it does what I ask of it....which is just go.
Glad to be here...again.