This is my first post here, but I use the same handle on ADVRider, VFRWorld.com and a few other fora.
've owned a few bikes - CBX550, FZ600, VF500 Interceptor, ZX-7, VFR800, R1100R, R1200GS-A, and a Triumph Explorer XC 1200 that is in the process of leaving my posesion (story here
While I liked the GS for the years I had it, it was a monster - manoeuvring it around town was a bit of a struggle, and moving it around on the dirt/stone floor of my shed was always a core strengthening exericse. The Triumph was a bit shorter, a bit lighter, and had a really killer engine, but it's not working out for me.
So really, I'm done with expensive and complex exotic equipment that does not have strong dealer networks, where the nearest dealer is hundreds of km from me (ie everything European).
If I do get another bike, it will be Japanese, and I'm looking. Given the rareness of the Varadero and Africa Twin in Canada, and the price/weight of the Yamaha Super Tenere, I'm naturally casting a gaze over to Suzuki-Land as well as considering the KLR 650. A good friend owned a TL1000 and SV650 so I'm not unfamiliar with Suzuki V-Twins, but I've never owned a Suzuki, and will be going to look at a used 2012 DL1000 SE tomorrow.
So, any Stromtroopers out there had a similar journey, or moved over to Strom from GS, Explorer or other ADV bikes? I'm interested in your advice and thoughts on it.