Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: San Antonio, TX & Moosehead Lake, ME
First of all, I think it's great your wife is interested in riding again. Well done her!
Though I've never ridden one, I believe the V1000 might be a good choice. The Versys line has developed a good reputation for handling, reliability and comfort (for some backsides at least) and there are more farkles available than can be counted.
My left hip was replaced four years ago and fortunately it's had little effect on my riding abilities. On the other hand, advancing age and reduced upper body strength has limited the total bike weight I'm comfortable with and that would make the V1000 a non-starter for me.
I've been very pleased with the Versys 650 for every day riding and light touring (me and luggage) but for long distance heavy touring our vehicle of choice is a Can Am Spyder RT-S. Some would consider this to be heresy and not a "real" motorcycle but it's pretty hard to beat for long trips. And, importantly, I don't have to worry about having to pick it up or balance it while pushing it around. Beyond the stability of three wheels with correct configuration (two wheels in front) is has a 6 speed semi-automatic "flappy paddle" gearbox with reverse, ABS, stability control, traction control, dynamic power steering, automatic adjusting rear suspension, electrically adjustable windscreen, electronic cruise control, heated everything, a good stereo, and tons of integrated storage space. And, surprisingly, it's not expensive to insure despite it's cost because it is not considered a sport machine and, apparently, Spyder RT models are only ridden by responsible mature people (and me). How about that!
If I was younger and stronger and had all my original joints, and was considering a two wheel touring machine - that didn't weigh as much as a small house - I'd place the V1000 at the top of my short list in a heart beat. Good fortune and enjoy whatever you select.
"Plan? Plan! There ain't no plan."
Pig Killer, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
Last edited by Arion; 02-22-2018 at 04:29 PM.