Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: America's Dairyland
I started on a Honda Nighthawk 550, went to a Kawasaki Concours ZG1000 and now have a 2012 V-Strom 650.
My Connie was a great bike, and it took me hither and yon with nary a problem. But, after owning it for nearly 5 years, I was ready for something smaller -- something easier to move around at slow speed; something I had at least a chance of keeping upright if it started to tip over in the driveway. I looked at pretty much the same mix of bikes you mention (by "NX700", I assume you mean the NC700X); I settled on the Wee for 2 main reasons:
1. After test-riding about 6 different models, the Wee felt the best to me.
2. Every person (no exaggeration) I've known that's owned multiple bikes, of which at least one was a V-Strom, told me the Strom was the best of the lot. Those that had sold them always regretted it. I call that high praise.
All that being said, there was 1 other bike that I really wanted to love -- the Honda NT700V. I call it the '3/4 Connie', as it had most of what I really liked about the Concours (wind/weather protection, hard bags, shaft drive, etc.), but in a slightly diminished size. I took one for a test ride and, even though some have complained of them being under-powered, I didn't think so. But ultimately, I just couldn't get over the looks of the bike; I felt the integrated hard bags made it look like a scooter/motorcycle hybrid. Basically, an updated version of the Pacific Coast 800. The more I looked at it, the more I hated it. Add to that the fact that the cheapest NT700Vs around here were going for about $1000-$1500 more than I paid for my Wee and it was no contest.
Good luck on the search!
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