Hopefully some members have been in a similar situation and can help, please bear with the lil intro has to how I ended up here asking for advice.
My wife used to race, 14 years ago, on a ZX6RR. She was always ahead of the pack with the hot shoes doing the twisties, no chicken strips on that rear tire. Eventually had other priorities(work + part time university) and did not ride street for 10 years.
This summer, the bug picked up again and wanting something "smoother" and more street oriented, she picked up a nice GSX-S750 Naked for herself and I grabbed a FJ-09(love the damn thing).
She absolutely love riding again but her bike decision It did not go so well for her. From her own admission, she is riding slower now, enjoying more the scenery, want more comfort and cares a lot less about the power output and more about enjoying a relaxing pace. Shes looking at me riding my FJ-09, all relax, not bouncing around, good wind protection, sitting upright, my back is still good after riding back roads with uneven pavement, she sees that I picked a better bike for the type of riding we do now... but I'm not allowed to tell her "I told you so", any married men knows why. Most of our riding groups now are on cruisers or FJR/ST/GS and the likes...
After looking at the light Sport-tourers and Adventure bikes in the 650-800cc range, she liked the looks of the Vstrom or the Versys(both 2017). She's read a couple reviews(so did I) and they all seem to agree that the Versys is much sportier than the Vstrom. Since insists she wants something mellower, plushier down the bumpy Quebec and Ontario back roads, she's leaning heavily toward the VStrom for what I think are all the right reasons. Happy wife, happy life they say.
Anyone did anything similar in their bike ownership over the years? Any advice you'd offer? Sadly, all the demo rides are done up here and not many dealers even offer them to begin with so trying them is sort of out of the question for now. I'm not even sure there was 650 stroms in the Suzuki Demo rides up here too.
Cheers and looking forward to the replies