Originally Posted by frederickflintstone
Serious question please read all
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I really appreciate your honest opinions.
Well, here goes. I shed no tears about this sort of thing, neither should you. Perfect happiness cannot be grabbed, but we can do quite well enough thank you.
My upwardly mobile years coincided with raising a new family years, so that's where money went. I bought my first bike (CB350, used, about $400). Upgraded a couple years later to my second bike, one I liked a lot (SR500 street single, used, for $1100). In the picture above. Shortly after the picture was taken, I crashed a dealer's 750 Yamaha, and sold the SR to pay the $700 deductible on the insurance. Banged up a shoulder badly and broke my collarbone, wife was not pleased. End of biking for 28 years or so. I missed the biking.
Mechanical Engineer. Career goes up. Career goes down. Kids grow up, marriage goes south. Return to school and get some sort of computer science certificate at Carleton University. Money's in high tech, right? That career goes nowhere: Nortel (biggest employer in Ottawa after the federal government) goes belly up and hurts all the smaller industries around. I do technical writing for a year and a half. Contract ends. Screw this, I go fishing for trout in the mountains of Alberta and BC for three months. Great for clearing the head, good for body and soul, does nothing for getting back working.
Drive semi trailers over Continental USA and Canada for six years till my legs go numb. Brain too, I sometimes think. Screw this, get involved in solar energy, do a couple installations. A truly screwy industry here in Ontario. I keep some money coming in doing home renovations and repair. Sixty five, I'll never get back into engineering, and likely never make much money from here on in.
While still driving truck I managed to put aside enough money for a modest motorcycle and gear.
Roads here are pretty broken up where I like to ride, in the twisties. I want a bike that will handle these roads with comfort and ability. BMW, Ducati, KTM are all out of reach. I saw my first DL650 in 2004 and thought then that it made sense. Bought a previous year's remainder new in 2010 for a good price. I have not looked back since.
You might want the 1000, so you say. Well, OK, that's fine. The 650 suits my wants and my needs. It's a nicely balanced bike, it works well as a whole. Buy the 1000 if it makes you feel better; a lot of people do. It has more power than the 650, but don't even mention it in the same breath as your VMax.
My bike's a 650 twin with no great amounts of power. I have never owned a powerful bike. But I am not an old dotard on a slow bike, afraid to lean into a corner. I RIDE my bike. I ride it everywhere, though I avoid freeways. I sometimes ride it hard. Sometimes fast. I sometimes putter along and smell the forest as I go by. I've got it half-way farkled, next step is a $1500 suspension upgrade (nice but not totally necessary). My old Volvo however is in need of a serious suspension upgrade. It get the treats this year.
I like my bike - it's honest and reliable. More importantly, and I can't stress this enough, it's very good to be riding. (Well, in another week. It's still winter here.) We can make ourselves sick over not having the perfect this or that.
Your wife wants to see you happy. Well, I agree. The VStroms are good bikes. Get riding.