New first ADV rider. Coming from a cruiser, love it!
So I started my riding career with a '04 Suzuki Marauder and enjoyed it enough. I struggled with a few drops and reliability issues and after two years riding became a bit of a chore for me. Then came Japan. I rode a 250cc VSTROM, and fell in love. The handling and feel of the bike made me feel at home on it instantly. In a foreign land, on a rented bike, I was more comfortable handling switchbacks than I was on my Marauder at home on straight city roads.
So the VSTROM became my goal; I watched for it. Finally, I found a good deal, and working with the dealer I was able to get my Marauder traded in and dropped the price of a '07 DL650 to $2k! I've fallen in love! I rode it off the lot and straight into a 210 mile road trip. I just wanted to say hi, and I'm really freaking happy to be at home on a bike I feel comfortable riding.
Now if only I can freaking get down this center stand...