Alright - newbie alert here!
I am by no means new to motorcycling - well over 250,000 miles on all sorts of bikes over too many years.
My current stable is in my signature and I want an ADV road bike seeing as the DR650 (not for sale) has dirt covered to the extent that I want to do dirt. That said, if I ever did get rid of my beloved DR650, it would be for a small/lighter DR.
The Road Glide does the big trips, big roads, big speeds road trips just fine. Rode from the east coast to/from Sturgis this past summer and tore up the Black Hills for another 1,000 miles in addition to the t/f travelling - love that bike!
I have a 1250S Bandit that I put mild up/back risers on, lowered the pegs to get a little more of an Old Man's riding position and added a V-Stream windscreen which, to be honest, puts a blast of noisy air right on my face/head at just about all speeds. Did I mention that I absolutely adore that 1250cc lump? Great engine!
Despite having too many bikes, I have a void in my stable. I was planning on getting rid of the Bandit for a V1000; it's actually why I joined this forum. That said, the 2008 fat Bob was supposed to go to Daytona to be my Florida bike - but after this past Biketoberfest I realized that I just can't part with my Road king - which is already in FL. The Fat Bob, great bike that it is, is either going to be sold or traded. Someone will gret a great bike.
The mission profile for whatever new mount I get is weekend trips with the inevitable slabbing of getting to the good stuff, then curvy back roads with some (i.e. fire roads)mild dirt. Though the DR650 I have (and want to keep) does enough dirt for my riding style - it ain't doing the slabbin' the way I want to slab to get "there."
The Bandit 1250S is a good bike with a great engine but I just can't connect with the riding position despite flipping the meg mounts over for more reach and the mild pull back risers. I'm only 5.9" with a 30" inseam - I just ain't 20 years old!
Do I keep the Bandit 1250S for "Sport Touring" and get a 650-Strom for weekend ADV-ing?
Just run that bandit in everything; maybe with dirtier tires?
Sell/trade the Bandit 1250S for V-Strom 1000 for longer range ADV-ing and the inevitable slabbing that goes with it?
The V-S1000 can do what the Bandit does but not what the DR650 does.
The V-S650 can kinda/sorta/mostly do what the V-S1000 can do but not so much of what the Bandit 1250S or the DR650 does for me.
If all of this weren't enough, did I mention that I have the Italian Model hots for that Moto-Guzzi 850TT??
IBA # 72864
Current Fleet: '19 FXLR; '18 Road Glide; '10 Road King; '08 Fat Bob; '16 Bandit; '13 DR650SE;
Formers: 16 883N Iron; 08 FLHT; 08 BMW R1200GS; 07 FXDB; 06 Concours; 06 RKC; 04 Bandit (R.I.P.); 00 Night Train; 03 FLHR; 00 FLHS; 48 Panhead; 99 FXDX; 97 FLSTF; 95 FLHS; 98 BMW1100GS; 86 GSXR-1000; 84 Suzuki 850; 80 FLH; 80 Fat Bob; '04 FLSTC; '08 FLSTF; 08 KLR650 (R.I.P.); 09 CONCOURS 14 - 156h.p. 150++ mph and a few others ...
Last edited by Whiskey Tango; 11-10-2019 at 06:55 AM.