So I've been wanting a V-Strom 650 ever since they came out back in '04. Now that they're finally hitting the used market, I've decided to get one. (I don't buy new!) The first step was deciding to sell one of my two bikes (my Hawk GT <-- Shameless plug!) to raise some cash for the V-Strom. I love that little Hawk, but... well.... it's too little for me. And I'm not a "collector"... I have no business owning 3 bikes. So I have to sell the Hawk.
Anyway... my other bike is a perfectly nice '97 VFR750. It's a great bike. I love its smoothness, broad powerband and stable handling. I usually ride it on technical backroads... I really dislike highway riding. The only reason I want to have a V-Strom is for commuting and for situations where I want light weight and comfort more than power. Ideally, I'd love to have a single set Givi of luggage that I could swap back and forth between the VFR and V-Strom.
But I'm wondering... if I had a V-Strom, would I lose interest in the VFR? Would I even need the VFR? Maybe I should just sell it too? I'm basically questioning whether it makes sense to have a Wee Strom AND a VFR750.
The only thing that the VFR really has over the DL is power... I rode with a group of V-Stroms a few months ago. It was a classic V-Twin vs. Sportbike situation... they were pulling away from me in the turns, and I was catching them on the straights. So, maybe I would miss that if I only had a DL650.
So, the whole point of my post...
How many of you also have a higher-horsepower, sportier bike? Do you ever feel that the V-Strom does it all, and that you don't ride the sportbike much? Or do you find that they occupy distinct enough niches?
How many of you discovered that V-Strom was the only bike you needed, and got rid of the others? I have to admit, the idea of owning only one bike is attactive from a maintenance and insurance perspective.
Thanks for reading!