New forum member seeks advice for 2nd bike
Currently on an HD Switchback and am starting to itch for a 2nd bike...something non cruiser. My bike history is...
2002 SV650S (bought new....my 1st bike...still miss it and also think it still looks way better than what the SV became)
2002 Yam Road Star (bought new....wife's 1st bike was a cruiser, so had to get something similar)
2007 SV1000s (bought used, wife had a Kawi Z1000 at the time, loved the engine, but even after Convertibars, Sargent seat and Buell pegs, couldn't get comfy on it)
2013 HD Switchback (bought new...see below for anniversary story)
Before purchasing my HD, along with a bunch of other bikes, I had taken a test ride on a then new 2014 BMW R1200GS and loved it, but so many reports of expensive maintenance, durability/reliability issues and of course price, give me pause. My brother in law bought a 2014 VStrom 650 new, as his first bike and he loves it, but doesn't really have perspective of other bikes....and he rides less aggressively that I do. My buddy that I tour with quite a bit, has a BMW F800Gs that I've ridden here and there. When I had the SV1k, we were on tour by Lake George, NY. My body was pretty sore from riding the SV on day 4 and we swapped bikes for about 50 miles. I was very much appreciating the riding position and pot hole devouring suspension. I've been wanting to explore an ADV type bike since.
I'm somewhere between a VStrom 1k, Versys 1k and the new Kawi Z900Rs (yeah, I know...not an ADV bike, but it makes my heart go thumpa thumpa) is on the list as well. I'm looking for touring capability and comfort, while providing some excitement with good brakes, shocks, etc. I don't do off road, but who knows if I had a bike with more focus on that end of things.
What drove you to get a VStrom 1k over other options? Any thoughts as to how it compares to the Versys 1k?
If it helps, I'm 5' 11" / 34" inseam.
By the way, can't get rid of the Switchback. My wife and I both got Switchbacks for our 10 year anniversary that match the colors of the HD Fatboys we rented in 2003 to get married on a hot air balloon on the north side of Phoenix, with a ride and stay at the Grand Canyon for the honeymoon. Also, I have it setup for pretty nicely now for me.
Appreciate the help. Thanks!