About to pull the trigger...
I'm about to pull the trigger and buy a 2008 DL650 later this week. I figure that before doing that it would be a good idea to ask some of the v-experts here if the bike is going to be a good fit for me...
I've only been riding for a year and a half, on a 1999 Honda Shadow. While the Shadow was truly the love of my life, it left me wanting a little more, both in power and more importantly in it's puny gas tank. I'm a 25 year old Coastie, currently in flight school, looking for a bike primarily as a commuter, and hopefully to take on some sweet weekend camping trips. Hopefully when I get more time I'd like to do some cross country rides. My concerns are: gas mileage, comfort, reliability, and of course smile factor.
After doing some research, I've narrowed it to the Yamaha FZ6 and Wee. I think I like the Wee better, because of it's torquer engine (really, who needs to do 150??) A couple of things are holding me back, so I was hoping for some advice:
-No dealer around here will allow test drives. This has me a little nervous.
-I'm 5-11, 150 lbs. On the showroom floor it was one of the most comfortable bikes I've ever sat on, but felt much bigger than the Honda Shadow. Does it feel like a giant Goldwing on the road?
-The FZ6 has about 30 more horsepower. I'm not real smart about what horsepower translates to what... will this bike put a smile on my face?
-Fit and finish of the FZ6 seemed just a little better. Any reliability issues? Any components seem cheap in the real world?
Thanks in advance for your input!!