My wife and I started riding in June. I picked up a 93' bandit 400 in almost perfect working order (400 cc inline4) not knowiing how rare this bike was and how much drool I would have to wipe off the tank from people who know bikes
My friend who is owes a wee, among several other bikes, helped me rebuild the front forks and carbs. It runs perfectly. My wife picked up an S40 cruiser in July.
I've ridden about three thousand miles this season. I've taken several 10+ hour long (and fast) rides on this bike. It has 60hp (with aftermarket exhaust) and an upright seating positions. I can keep up with the wees and the svs when they ride fast through the twisties and blow by cars, but I have to keep the engine above 8,000 rpm to have any torque. This is not a problem as the bike redlines at 13000, but after six hours or so, it's really a pain in the ass--I'm exhausted.
I'm also 6 feet and 200 pounds without gear. I have the preload one notch from being maxed out, It doesn't bottom out and it's safe, but on bad pavemet, I have to so slow down as there is just way too bumpy and jaring to carry the same speed as the bikes I've mentioned. In sum after long rides, I'm in a lot of pain, espeically in my neck area. I get a lot of wind and have to drop pace off the sv and wee riders as I get blown around too much above 75.
My "wee" friend thinks I can install a better rear shock and a screen to make it more tolerable and that i should get a wee and add that to the stable. I have two cars and my wife has a bike as well. Until we move from the condo to a house, getting a third bike is not possible. No, my wife does not want to take over the bandit. She's not comfortable with the power yet (has double compared to the s40 albiet less torque) dropping it when she was learning didn't help, it's also almost 400lbs wet believe it or not 50lbs more than the s40. I don't want to give the bandit up (it's every bit as pretty as ducati monster 696 and a blast to ride and a collectors item, but I want to be comfortable on longer rides.
We will likely move into a house with a garage within 1 to 1.5 years. Should I upgrade the suspension on the bandit and install a screen, and just continue to work the gearbox all day, or sell it and get a wee? If I need to get rid of it in order to fullfill my all day weekend tours, I am also considering the versys and the GSX-650F (as I've heard this is a very torquey inline 4 and comfortable.) Possibly a used 800ST, or used interceptor 800. The weight of these larger bikes does not concern me, I learned on a nighthawk 650.