Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: Near Montreal, Quebec
I just purchased a 2014 1000 and I'm picking it up on Friday. I’m so excited I just needed to come in here right away!
I am (was) currently driving a 2017 SV650 which was my first bike. To be fair it was an amazing ride! I loved it to bits, however I came to realize that it was somewhat too small for me and that what I like the most in motorcycling are the longer rides, travel, camping, etc. So I needed more comfort, cargo capacity and wind protection (especially living in Canada, the fall season can be really cold without a windshield!)
I knew I wanted an ADV and I did many road tests since the start of the season (especially BMW which had a convenient demo ride day near my location). In the end I decided that the ride quality of the BMW was not worth the $10k difference in price so I focused mainly on the Suzuki alternative. So I went and did a full-day rental of a V-Strom 650 and immediately I knew that was it! It felt pretty much like my beloved SV, but in ADV format. Exactly what I was looking for. I ended up purchasing a 1000 mostly because I am the designated “mule” of the family, carrying our son and most of the cargo while my wife will travel much lighter.
So that’s it. I felt I owed this forum some kind of gratitude since it has been an important source of information while I did all my research. I am glad to now be part of this community.