Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Tidewater, Virginia
Hi John -
Welcome back to the world of riding! I also took a good many years off from riding and have an '09 DL650 that I bought 4 years ago with 1200 miles and it now has 22k. When I first got back to riding, it was a '78 CB550...great bike, still running strong for its 3rd owner.
You'll like the Strom as its a great platform. Same sort of power as your old bike, better power delivery and 6 speed transmission. Fuel injection so no choke, carbs to balance or clean, much better lighting and brakes (many will scream that the brakes are a weak spot on the Strom and they can be improved with upgraded calipers but a set of sintered pads make them substantially better than any Honda from the 70's with their single disc front and drum rear, lol) easy to maintain and well-documented reliability.
Did you get lucky enough to have some of the accessories already installed? (Center Stand, Top Case, Side Cases, Skid Plate, etc.) If not, a roll-down waterproof duffel on the pillion seat makes bike camping possible for low investment and no problems
Have fun getting reacquainted with the sport and welcome to Stromtrooper.
2009 Orange DL650
SW Motech Rally Crashbars, Skidplate & Centerstand
Givi e22L Sidecases
Shad 33L Topcase
Wolfman 40L Waterproof Duffel
Givi Tanklock 20L Tankbag
Techiwik Long Underwear
1978 Honda CB550K-Sold