I need a tall, skinny highway bike. Is the Vee right for me?
I'm pretty new to the site. I've looked around a little bit, but haven't posted. So, a quick motorcycle background on me.
I started riding when I was 5 YO on a 5 HP mini bike and have been riding ever since. I went from there to a Honda CT70, Honda XR100, Yamaha 125, and on to a Honda CL350. Those were all off-road, pre- MC license bikes. Bought a 1979 CX500 when I turned 16 and then went on to a '82 CX500. About this time, I got an '89 CR250 and started racing motocross as well. I went on to an '86 VT700 shadow, and now I have a 2005 VT1100C Shadow Sabre. Aside from that, I currently own a KTM 620 LC4 and a '71 Honda CB350.
So, here's the deal. I want a bike that I can do long range highway miles on that is capable of a little bit of off pavement adventuring. I bought the 1100 Shadow because I'm a tall guy. I'm 6'4" and the 700 shadow was just too small for any long distance riding. I find both the 1500 and 1800 goldwings incredibly uncomfortable because of the width between the foot pegs and the peg locations. A cushy seat does me no good if my hips and knees are in pain simply getting my feet on the pegs.
So, in theory, the DL1000 would fit me well. I really need to find a dealership to test drive one to find out how sound my theory is, but I really want to know if it will do 300-400 miles of interstate. How much maintenance does that chain take? And will I regret giving up my shaft drive?
My KTM serves as my dirt bike that will do a little pavement. Now, I just need a street bike that will do a little dirt.
Is the Vee the right bike?
I wouldn't have even considered it, but after reading a ton on here, I may actually consider the Wee strom. How's the seat height and seat to peg distance compare between the two? Is it basically the same frame and geometry?