Glad I found this forum. A little background...
I am a relatively new rider (3 yrs., w/BRC) and I am the 2nd owner of an '82 GS750T that *just* turned over 30,000 original miles. (Long story short, I'm a Ham radio op, talking on-air with friend, co-worker of his getting a divorce, bike in storage 5 years, has to get rid of it. Had alays wanted a motorcycle...said "I'll take it!" and the rest is history).
I am starting to think it is time to look for another bike. Up until now, my riding has been mainly what I guess you'd call "commuting" (grocery shopping, errands, church, appointments, some "fun" riding...max 20-30 miles) BUT am starting to take longer trips. Took a trip with a friend down to Starved Rock (Utica IL, about 180-ish miles RT) and LOVED IT! Took the bike on a minor IT service call I did from St. Charles to Alsip IL, on the tollway...and LOVED IT! The GS750 (named Blackie by my daughter, guess what color it is?) l-o-v-e-s the open highway as fast as she can go. HOWEVER, it *is* 32 years old- technically vintage. I like the bike, but do not have the knowledge or the resources to care for this bike, or effect a repaur on it if I should have a Major Mechanical Malfunction. It will need some ongoing maintenence and one-shots items that will require much $... Then there's the issue of parts...my wife would like me to have something newer, too. I think if I was going to continue to *just* use it for short-run commuting this wouldn't be as big as issue...I'd run it until it died. However, now that I am finding the joys of the highway and open road...I'm thinking perhaps I should start to look for someone who can give the care (and $) to this vintage bike that I cannot justify right now
I have always admired the V-Stroms. 1) I need an upright bike, and 2) thry seem to have a good price point to perfomance/features ratio. I was going through Ohio yesterday, and happened to stop at a local dealer I saw from the Interstate. They just happened to have an '06 DL1000K6 Adventure with about 7,500 miles on it, for $6,000. I was surprised, when I first sat on it, i hadn't seen the side fully, so wasn't even aware that it was a 1000. It felt good! (I sat on a new 650 later, and it felt small). Was surprised to learn later (tonight, doing a little research) that the dry weight of the DL1000 in question is about 50 lbs. less than my GS750, and that is about 2" higher at the seat (didn't feel like it).
I *have* read through some of the 650 vs. 1000 threads...I *think* my question is a bit more specific- given what I am coming from (GS750), and what I am looking to do with it (still commuting-style riding, but also more road trips)...would a DL1000 like this be something to consider, or is there some BIG thing I am not seeing that should steer me towards the 650 still? Any way to equate the handling of my GS750 to either the Wee or the Vee?
Thanks for your help- yeah, I kinda fell for the DL1000...I know I should probably look around more...but this is another fun part of the hobby/sport.