It's the same DL650 K04 I've been riding for the past three years (my first bike). But it is a new bike . . .why? I took the freaking OEM flying saucer luggage off. Unbelievable, I've never done that. I've always had the top case on.
What a difference - the bike flies instead of floats, since I took off the sail. Carving is better, speed and acceleration is a pinch hotter. I almost over did it a few times as the stability and comfort of the bike seemed more athletic, agile, sophisticated, functional and all that other language.
So, I'm grinning again because the old twisty roads that have come to bore me are now breathing new life. I think I'll ride like this for the rest of the summer when I"m just 'riding'
I've been touring and the only enjoyment I really, really get out of the bike is 4-10 hour rides across states but now, my 40 min enjoyment is back. Now I understand why the WeeStrom is the versatile bike that it is.
Oh yeah, I broke my windshield off by mistake, so I have nothing slowing the bike down except for me and the HJC modular wind-stopper helmet. I didn't know there were that many bugs flying by, nor did I know that stung like that, as the perished on my face.
So to recap, no windshield, no luggage. Just SV560 engine, bugs and my neck getting stronger. Previously, I posted about riding the Triumphs ,T100 and T800, that those bikes were so much faster. After the test rides, getting back on the DL650 to go home was like hopping out of a Corvette and into a school bus. But, I wasn't comparing apples to apples and I just realized it. Neither the T200 or T800 had luggage or windshields worth nickel. The T1000 had 'luggage' But 1000cc is a different animal anyway. So, in stripping my Wee off those 'excesses' I've gained a little pep and a LOT of enjoyment. . .. for the peppier rides I take from time to time.
I dare say, do try it. One thing I haven't done yet is get to some highway riding - buzzing around the big rigs. Perhaps my newly found agility will equal less turbulence. Of course, the wind noise has gone up about 15 decibels. So, ear plugs are essential.
Well, now I have to purchase a new winshiled, ny ideas what windshiled will keep me err . . . quick. Hmmmm. . . .more aerodynamic luggage would be interesting to ride with. I bet my gas mileage has gotten better.
Time to leave the briefcase and papers at the office - and the top case at home. Long way home might get a Wee bit longer.