After much deliberation I came to a conclusion. I did not like my current bike (07 yamaha fz-1). Amazing bike. Great power, brakes, handling, and looks but i just never "connected" with it. Sold it.
Before I sold it I knew what I wanted. I quickly found a clean low mile example and took a trip to pick it up. Cash in hand and a smile on my face, I was off to Charlotte, NC from Virginia beach, va area to pick up my new (to me) bike. On the way there I realized that I'm going to need some time to get "connected" with her so I decided to run up the mountains in North Carolina before heading across Virginia to get home.
Without further adieu here she is
This thing just makes me want to have fun. From powerslides in gravel to jumping side walk curbs this thing has a mind of its own!
Here's a couple of pics from my lengthened ride home.
Don't you just hate it when the lines are all squiggly like that
After 700 miles in a day in a half I can safely conclude that this bike will be around for a while. the grin factor far exceeds the fz-1 and its mighty 130ish horsepower. For a "little" 650 twin the torque and power delivery is impressive and unexpected. Certainly well received!
Only negatives I have is the vibration through the foot pegs and bars. My feet were tingling every gas stop (normal?).I think I'll start by loosening the engine mount bolts and tightening to spec. Any ideas on the foot peg buzz?
Anyhow, I'm pumped with the bike and looking forward to spending some time on this great forum. Please don't post any info on luggage or a powercommander because I may just have to immediately buy them