Living the Stereotype
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Henderson County, NC
I don't think the V-Strom is for you.
Based on your riding history, you might be happier with an AMF-era Harley or a Triumph of slightly earlier vintage or perhaps an early seventies Honda Elsinore, maybe even a crate of BSA parts.
Adventure and excitement is in your blood. The DL650 is the Subaru Forrester of motorcycles (the DL1000 is the Subaru WRX) practical, efficient and dead reliable. On a DL you will miss out on most of the adventure in adventure riding.
Unscheduled stops for spinal adjustments and locating missing parts will remain in your history and not your future. The serendipitous delights that would await you because of short fuel range, oil leaks and medieval ergonomics would be absent in your travels.
You, my friend, are made of much hardier stuff and would be denying yourself the travel excitement and personal challeneges that a man of your mettle needs to feel alive.
Don't sell yourself short, you'll be missing half the fun on a V-Strom.
Sent from my Hewlett-Packard 75C, using the Flying Merkel motorcycle app.
Stromin'Nroman NC28729, USA
DL650A K7 (Greywolf Moto Lab's R&D test mule) June 1, 2012 - present
DL650A K7 April 23, 2007 - January 6, 2012, RIP
"Look here brother, who you jivin' with that cosmik debris?" Frank Zappa, 1975