I come in peace
In 2003 I was riding an '85 GS250 that my girlfriend affectionately called "my scooter" (why did I marry her?). That year Suzuki redesigned the SV650 with a cast aluminum frame and I though I found the perfect bike but at 6' I felt I needed something taller. Suzuki introduce the DL650 and all of my dreams came true but when your broke all you can do is dream.
When I finally had some scratch I sold the GS and bought a used GSF1200 and loved the sport touring ergos with risers. Years later I dabbled in the cruiser world and truly regretted it. during those years Kawi introduced the versys but I couldn't get past that ugly mug (don't delete my account yet) so I continued my search for the perfect sport tourer. I tried to cheat on my shadow 1100 with the redesigned DLs (650 and 1000) and even sat on a gen II V but just wasn't fully convinced so I moved on and stumbled across triumphs tiger 800. I love everything about them except for the price. Used 800's are hard to come by and I almost pulled the trigger on a 2013 collecting dust until I read about the improvements Kawi made on the Gen III versys.
I scooted up to my local bike shop and test rode Hondas CB500x and found it a bit cramped. I took the 2015 650 out for a spin was very impressed- wind protection was fantastic, the ergonomics were above average (not perfect like the tiger 800) but the seat was a ball buster and it was candy lime green!! (ok, delete me now).
Overall I was impressed with the new front end, windshield, stretched foot pegs, and rubber mounting so I put money down for a white 650 LT.
One month later I'm at 550 mi and all the scary 5K vibes are gone and I'm loving it. The gas mileage is the great, the power is linear, the handing is tight and the brakes (new to ABS) are more than adequate.
Looking forward to many years of enjoyment out of my V, especially since my wife said I can't have another bike until I reach the 1yr/1K mark (e.g. 8 years).
Last edited by aragornjoe; 10-22-2015 at 10:45 PM.