Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Northern NSW, Australia, in the border ranges foothills.
Anyone else feel like they mighta made the wrong choice buying their DL650?
I'm not bagging it completely, I like the commute to town - lots of nice twisties to keep me focussed - it's just that riding for 2 hours, 1 hr even, on the M1 is kinda boring. And, this's probably just me, my right hand starts to get a burn after half an hour.
I bought it new last August to do some long tours on it. While I expect it'll be fine on the back roads, I'm not looking forward to riding the eleven hundred km up Highway 1 to Mackay on it, which is going to be my next long one.
The two bikes I had before this one were quite good to ride on long trips, a 2009 Versys 650 and a 2014 TDM900. Maybe also my expectations were unduly raised by a heap of glowing reviews I read online about the Strom, but it comes in a distant third behind those two for that sort of riding.
Anyway, no offence to all you loyal troopers. I'm trading it in on a 2012 F700GS next week. I test-rode one a week ago and they're very nice, a lot more fun on the long straight stretches of hi-way. And I like that it's noticeably lighter and nicely balanced with that low COG it's renowned for - probably should've got one years ago. Then again, at least I found out what's not to like about the Strom, apart from its looks; obviously.
(One of those Kaoko throttle locks might be good to put on the BM too, to help relax the grip on long trips.)