Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: East of the Peak, Colorado
Future Newbie Here - Got Questions
Hello my fellow riding friends, this is my first posting, but need some feedback as I am on the search......
Currently, I ride an Honda VTX 1800 Cruiser. It is a monster, but with my 6'5", 250 lb frame, I have no issues with this bike. Matter of fact, I love the stability that the weight brings and the power of a 110ci engine.
Lately, I find myself wondering further and further back into the mountains and I am regularly having to turn the big cruiser around is the blacktop ends and dirt begins. (You have to be crazy to ride a 1,000 lb cruiser on a dirt road for any distance.)
First of all, I have pretty much narrowed the search to a V-Strom. I like much about the bike and I really love the price, especially compared to a BMW.
So, to a few questions I have as I am investigating moving to a Dual Sport.
Is the price difference worth the expenditure to buy the extra 350cc's? Why do riders choose the 1000 over the 650 and willingly pay about $3k more?
What about riding 2-UP? My wife loves to ride, especially through the mountains, smelling the Pines. Can either the 650 or 1000 easily accomidate a second rider? How comfy is it for the second rider? Any comments about riding 2-Up are desired.
What about weight capacity? Between my wife and I....we go about 400. Then I would add side and rear bags.... What are your thoughts?
And honestly....any comments or help are greatly appreciated.
Thanks, Big John