your 1100 is a full sized bike, and the way you have it set up you have a great bike for cruising on the highway for hours, or pop off the windshield and saddle bags and head north on all those 2 lane roads up thru the national forest or over to central PA for the day
your bike is exactly in the center of all the things a person could want to do on a motorcycle
I got my 650 thinking it was a big bike when I got my license 6 years ago. I had owned a 175 2 cycle enduro bike for decades, and had a 175 twin honda back in the seventies, from that perspective 650 was a big jump
after a few years and several 200+ mile day trips I wanted to get something for longer rides, not necessarily that much faster, but more stable and comfortable on longer trips - looked at a Road Star or a Royal Star and ended up with my 2000 Royal Star V4 1300.
For me the difference between the two makes it worth my trouble to keep both - I commute on the 650 now and take "Ursa" out on the day trips.
But from what you already have with the 1100, it would be tough to rationalize the small jump up to any of the bigger bikes, unless you were planning on touring for weeks, riding two up all day fairly often, and esp if you wanted to be on the interstate highways all the time.
I know that pull from looking at motorcycles on Craigslist for years, I see lots of bikes I would like to have in the garage, and always wondered what I might be missing out on...
Once you ride one motorcycle, you want to ride them all, at least for a day.
I should add, the feeling you got that the bigger bikes didnt corner as well. Ive noticed from putting 30k miles on my 650 I have become very in-tune with that bike. Just putting the windshield on it makes it feel different enough that all the subtle muscle memory things are a bit off, and it feels like something is wrong with the bike.
Im still not taking corners on the RS as fast and easy as I do on the 650. Im sure its only because the wheel base is longer, the tires are bigger (heavier) and I have to lean and steer it differently than I have become use to on the 650. Im also really good at riding the 650 slow, like 1mph, creeping up to red lights and stop signs, looking both ways without putting my feet down... Gradually getting better at it on the RS, but I blow it and have to put my feet down sometimes still, and again the bike feels wrong, just because it is different.
Last edited by KCW; 06-13-2019 at 08:02 PM.