Nice!I'd have a Bandit 1250S, if the DL650 didn't exist. I'd even have one before I'd have a DL1000.
My buddy just bought one, and it's one heck of a great motorcycle.
Here's a few shots I took of him on his new bike, on a recent ride...
I have the DL650 for dirt roads and coastal roads, and a DRZ400 that's set up with deep gears and knobbies for serious off road use. I have never been happier than I have with these two bikes in my stable, in over thirty years of riding all kinds of motorcycles...I have a DL1000, considering a dirtbike (klr maybe, it was my first bike after all! or the little Honda XR or whatever it's called!) and the Bandit instead.
No shit! And so are most so-called adventure bikes. I love that part in the Long Way Round series, when Ewen and Chuck are dropping their GS pigs every two seconds, but their cameraman 'Claudio' sails by them with ease, on a piece of crap Russian 350 two-stroke twin. It's such a no-brainer.LOL! Way to heavy!
Had I not seen my wee at the dealer, I'd probably have another cruiser style bike, just a bigger one. The bike I had before the wee was a Shadow ACE 750.....what would you have? And why?
I've been riding dirt bikes 250cc and less since I was 12, so when I turned 18 (11 years ago), I decided to venture into street riding. To make sure I didn't get in over my head, I slowly progressed up in bike size. Started with a 250cc honda rebel, then a 650cc suzuki savage, then a 750 cc shadow, then the wee. When looking to replace the shadow, I wanted something with more oomph, yet still comfortable. So I was looking at bikes like the valkyrie, vtx, etc.... Then I saw the wee, sat on it, and never looked back. It had a comfortable seating position, with the heart of a sports bike. The salesman tried to get me to go with the vee, but when I saw that the tach didn't redline until 10.5k (which is about 4k more than what it would take to make my shadow explode), I said I'll stick with the 650 until I can comfortably handle the style of power output that this type of engine produces. That was August of 06. To this day I find the wee has plenty of power for what I do, and it is comfortable on long rides (with a gel seat and new windscreen). I have yet to find myself wanting more out of a bike.Why did you get the V/Wee anyway? What was the decider?
You say many things, what things?Current bike crop? Aprilia Shiver 750, in orange, hands down winner. Also in line would be the 1250 Bandit and the new 650 Bandit (GSX650F). Also the R1200R. All of these bikes have a similar size and riding style.
None of them would do as many things as competently as a Strom, IMO.
If you want shaft drive, why not something like an FJR? They are a pretty upright bike, but still sporty! Or is it more about the twin?Considering I don't do dirt very often I would probably give a close look at an M-50 Suzuki. Water cooled, injected V-twin with enough power to do the job. Still affordable compared to a lot of others. And a drive shaft too. A windshield, large trunk in place of the pillion seat to serve as a backrest and soft side bags. I could do that as long as I didn't need a leather costume.