Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Prescott, Wi. Upper Ms.River bluff country
For me, the criterium were slightly different. I was trading in a ZX11 after having retired with newly limited discretionary income. I wanted to start exploring the dirt and gravel roads in my area that I avoided on the 'Zeke and previous road bikes for the past forty-five years. Having been away from knobby-shod bikes for that same time period, I wanted an affordable, easy-to farkle, dependable all-around bike. For me, my short list came down to two: Kawasaki 650 Versys and Suzuki DL650. Bigger bikes of all brands weren't considered from the start on the basis of weight, cost and size. Anyway, I had the fastest production bike of its day for the past 18 years. Reading and talking to people about which bike to get is like reading and talking about making love: y'don't know whatcha don't know 'til you do something. Road tests, first impressions, YouTube videos, had me gravitating to the slightly more powerful, longer wheelbase, and V-Twin Suzuki. Couldn't have been happier.
Price, capability, power no object, I would've considered a Tiger 850 or a MV Agusta 800 Lusso SCS: just because I have an MVA dealer 36 mi away and there are only a handful of Lussos in my time zone.
"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you are not concerned with who gets the credit"- Patrick Griffin
"I never said half of that stuff."-Confucius