About to [maybe] pull the trigger on a Wee
I have been riding for 13 years, mostly on sport bikes. I currently ride a 2000 Honda CBR929RR, which I absolutely love. However, after attempting a few 2-up rides with my wife (and basically giving up because it hurts so bad for the both of us), I am going to buy more of a "couch" to ride.
At first I thought about getting a cruiser, but a few people warned me that I would be giving up way too much. So after a whole lot of research, the bike that I keep coming back to is the V-Strom 650.
I am currently dealing on a 2007 ABS model with 67K km (42K miles) on it. It has been a year round commuter on Vancouver Island since new, so it has quite a lot of corrosion on the engine cases, fasteners, etc. But I think it's nothing that a bit of scrubbing and spray bombing can't fix. Plus, this one is about a grand cheaper than the super clean ones I have seen. It also has a GIVI top case, so that adds value as well.
I took it for a rip a couple of days ago and it runs really well. And MAN is it different from what I used to - obviously. But I liked it a lot. Less stressful, almost as if you can forget about the bike and enjoy the journey instead, not that I took it far or anything.
If I do pull the trigger, and I think I will, I will be sure to post my impressions of it after riding it for a while, comparing it to the 929. Apples and oranges, yes, but I would like to think it will be interesting to those thinking of ditching a license endangering, insurance mongering rocket in favour of something more couchy and nice.