I had a great Thanksgiving ride yesterday.
The roads were practically deserted, all the stores were closed and everybody was in their homes doing the family thing. I went out about 10am amd got back around 4pm.
It continues to amaze me how the V-Strom just keeps on giving. Everytime I think I've found the edge of the envelope, the envelope turns out to be bigger than I thought it was!
Here in the Ozarks we have a lot of twisty pavement, every kind of curve imaginable. Yesterday I had a chance to push it harder and longer than since I rode it home, with no cars to be stuck behind.
First there are the long, uphill sweepers, the kind where you have two lanes going up for passing slower trucks and such. Lots of room for a good line. My DL650K7 is pretty well broke in now, so I was using my gears for a change, instead of just leaving it in 5th or 6th. Finding the power band and sweeping the tach, hanging off a little and taking the 45mph curves at over 90mph, no problem at all. It didn't even feel edgy or hairy one bit, and I'm sure I could have gone harder. The way the power just keeps coming as you roll on the throttle, accelerating up the mountain, it sure doesn't feel like a mere 650!
Then there are the tight twisties, where the "flickability" comes into play. Again I was amazed at how this bike can dance, with no traffic I could really get a rythm going, and it was pure poetry in motion for miles of smiles. I was singing inside my helmet with the rythm of the road. More fun than a barrel full of high-strung sportbikes, this V-Strom does it all without the slightest complaint, performing like a champion while you relax in the saddle, or off the side, with a grin on your face.
It was a gorgeous day, sunny and clear, about 65 degrees farenheit. You couldn't ask for better weather, or cleaner roads. On a six hour ride I put on another 300 miles across three counties.
I have had more motorcycles than I care to count. The V-Strom is the only one that just keeps on giving, and giving, and giving...