Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
New rider considering a DL650
Hi all, I'm new to the street riding scene. When I was 14-17 I had a Honda XR200R dirt bike. Last year I decided to get back into trail riding after 20 years without a bike. I bought a 2003 Honda XR400 and it satisfied the urge to a degree. The problem is I have to trailer it 45 min to ride it. A few months later I got a great deal on a 2003 XR650R which I've since plated. I took a motorcycle safety course in the spring and have taken a few short rides ( less than 20 miles each) on back roads to build my skills/confidence. My XR650R still has dirt tires so it's not great over 65mph. I just bought a set of XR650R wheels with 100% street tires on ebay and are waiting for them to arrive. These new wheels will hopefully make the bike more street civilized.
So now I find myself drawn to the V-Strom 650. It looks like the perfect next step towards a 90% back county road cruiser/explorer which can handle the occasional dirt road.
I'm 6'5" @ 260lbs. I like tall seat heights.
My plan is to ride my XR650R for the next 4-5 months and then purchase a new 2012+ DL650. I like the idea of the Adventure bike (color, panniers, crash bars, etc). Being tall I figure I may need to buy a taller seat, peg lowering Kit and aftermarket wind screen. Am I on the right path?
Is April the worst time of year to buy a bike from a dealership?