Using my 650 as the baseline, there is nothing I would change on it right now for the way I ride.
If I need to be somewhere hundreds of miles away asap, I take the car and take the interstate highways.
When I want to experience the journey, sometimes with no actual destination, I ride the 650, stay on two lane roads whenever possible, almost never hit 60mph, and I get a real sense of being where I am, everywhere I ride.
I played around with saddle bags and did a couple week long short distance vacations on the bike, stuffing them full of clothes and junk. Got rid of those and got the trunk. If it wont fit in the trunk I dont need it.
I got a windshield last summer with fork deflectors, thinking if I need to jump on the thruway for a couple hundred miles, that would be the way to do it. Its ok on the interstate at 75mph and passing at 80, but then when I get where Im going Im stuck with the windshield on the bike - which really robs it of the wind-in-your-face feel of the motorcycle experience.
My ideal riding experience is a black top road with no center line, no traffic, no windshield, no gps / music / cell phone / blue tooth, no passenger, no group ride, no destination, no schedule
just me, the motorcycle, a couple hundred bucks in my pocket, and whatever I might need in the trunk if I decide to keep riding for a few days, and see where the road goes.
I do have to choose between spending several thousand dollars on a bigger bike, or riding the bike I have with that same money, and have as many of those "free days" on the road as possible.
See you on the road, if you can find me.
Last edited by KCW; 06-28-2018 at 09:20 AM.