Greetings from Portland, OR
Hi V ers,
I ride a `88 VT1100C with 85K miles. I put on ~5k miles a year commuting. It's a good bike for what I use it for but I'd like to get something that has ABS and is lighter, newer, etc. I threw my leg over a VLT 650 at a dealer a couple of weeks ago and it seemed to fit. The clutch didn't feel as smooth or light as the V-Strom 650 that was setting next to it (or my Shadow). This week I attended a Suzuki Demo Days event and rode a V-Strom 650 XT, which was wonderful (clutch was very light and had good feed back, etc). Now I'm looking for an opportunity to ride the V650. I can't think of any other bikes that offers ABS and are as Versatile in this price range. The NC700X would be a contender if it had ABS as a stand alone option.
I'm hoping to do some overnight trips and would like to be able to comfortably ride on gravel roads as well.