Researching a new 650 LT switch from Tiger 1200
Hi All, I'm an ancient rider and started with my first bike a Triumph Bonnieville in 1968 for a few years in college then a 15 year break and started up in the 80's with a Suzuki 850GS (which is not like a BMW GS). Wow did that Bonnie teach me to be a mechanic. Triumph Motorcycle, making mechanics of of men since 1902. I've had a slew of medium metric cruisers, Suzuki 800,Kawasaki900 and Hondas 750,1100 , a BMW R90/6, a Honda Pacific Coast 800 then a Triumph Thunderbird 1600 and just "downsized" to a Triumph Explorer Xc. Saw a few too many "Long Way Round" and got the "GS fever" For the record a 600 lb bike loaded with luggage totally sucks off road. I soon swapped the knobbies for Michelin Pilot Road 4 tires and that's that for off road for me.
Petite wife has also been riding a long while and recently sold her Victory Vegas and purchased a Kawasaki Vulcan S. She recently dropped her bike while taking a police sponsored motorcycle safety course and shattered her elbow. Now recovered she has lost her mojo with big 'Merican cruisers and when she sat on the Vulcan she fell for it.She has rediscovered the thrill of being a back road hooligan. The 1000 mile break in soon approaches then watch out for the blue lights in the mirror time.
I predict a Vulcan S 1000 very soon. You heard it first here. Got me thinking that perhaps I could shed a few hundred pounds and move "down" to the Versys 650 LT. Got me thinking that light and nimble is fun fun fun.
I do hate chains, really do not like them but now since I'm taking care of one anyway what's 2. So this is opening up a whole new range of smaller options for me to consider. I'm 5'10" and 32" inseam and can about flat foot the 650 but would not mind a bit lower.
It's going to be tough for me to give up the awesome growl and ergonomics (and shaft drive) of the Explorer but I'm doing my homework and reading a lot of this forum to see what I'm up against. I currently get 50-60 mpg with an easy 200 mile range. I think the Versys 1000 and my Tiger are in the same ball park. Tiger has more stuff but also costs a lot more. Triumph dealers and parts are scary to think about but my owners ship of Triumphs of late is comparable to Honda and Suzuki. It's been GTO. Gas. Tires. Oil.
I can see that already would need:
•new low seat-Sargent or ? as I can see factory seat suxxx
•center stand SW Motech
• Kako cruise control (no chance of 'electric cruise that I can figure out. had a vacuum system on Pacific Coast)
•Crash bars SW Mother-forker brand
•driving lights (factory option 500 bucks ZOMGWTFBBQ.) Rigid Dually 20211 with Denali wiring harness from Revzilla
•lowering kit maybe
•bigger and lower rider foot pegs
•Barkbuster hand guards (perhaps not as the factory ones might be better than I think)
•Worse of all NO Farkking turn signal cancelling. What a crock. Had to add a Kisan signal minder to wife Vulcan already.
All the above already done on the Tiger. Damn it talking myself out of the lighter bike already.
Any suggestions welcome and I'll lurk on as time allows.