Making the decision.
I finally have the OK from the Boss to exchange my 1982 Yamaha Maxim 750 for something I don't have to hang antique plates on. I've grown up on this bike. It was my pop's and I rode many miles on the pillion. A few years ago, after years of prodding, I was gifted the bike. Sadly it was neglected and had been idle for too many years. I got it back to a road worthy condition, but it truly needs more care and money than I care or desire to put into it. Time to modernize.
I'm looking mostly for a commuter. My commute is short and I can get there mostly on residential streets. Frankly a little scooter would be sufficient, but I want to maintain my man card and youthfulness for as long as I can.
My intention is to utilize a bike for year round commuting. As mentioned the distance is not far and I can ride the Yammy without any problems down to temps just below freezing. Much farther and I get uncomfortable.
My initial interest was with the Kawasaki Versys. Then I found the Versys 300, and thought that might be perfect. Maybe a little small, but very practical for my intentions. I went to a Kawi dealer and liked the fit and finish of the 300. I went to another dealer to sit on a 650. Beside the Kawi sat the V-Strom. My eye kept drifting away from the Kawi.
I had the option to view and sit on 3 different Wees a 2016 and two 2017 versions. Right off the bat I liked the look of the '17s better, but the price reduction of the '16 had me on that one first. I'm use to having knees bent and flat foot on the Yammy. These bigger adventure bikes require me to keep my legs straight to flat foot the bike. Reminds me of the old days when I had to stretch to reach the ground on my Yammy dirt bike.
As I started learning more about the '17 V-Strom, I liked the new features. ABS and traction control sound very foreign on a motorcycle to me. However the features and the feel of the bike in the showroom has sold me on the V-Strom over the Verys. At least on the larger bike. The smaller Versys is still a contender. I have to schedule a test ride for both, but I am heavily leaning to the V-Strom at this point.
So that is a long introduction and if you actually read it all I thank you for the time you took. I also apologize for wasting your time with my drivel.