Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: The Low Country
Well, I enjoy both. Sometimes I'm in the mood for a brisk ride atop a two-wheeled rocket and other times I feel like a more relaxed ride. I'm the type of rider who enjoys all of it and prefers (when finances allow) to own a sample of both.
I started out on an '05 Rebel (sold in '07), then bought my stilled-owned SV650, then I bought a ZX636 in 2010 and road raced the stink out of it, then I wanted another cruiser in 2011 so picked up a Hyosung GV650. I sold the ZX636 and GV650 in early 2012, got the cruiser bug again in 2013 so I picked up my Shadow 500 and recently I wanted a bigger cruiser so I picked up the Star.
I started converting my SV650 into an ADV bike of sorts last year, for no other reason than I wanted a different type of ride but didn't want to sell my beloved SV so decided that it was a perfect platform for a little modification. I've added a windscreen, hand guards, fabricated a skid-plate and purchased some dual sport tires that are awaiting the current Mich Pilot Powers to be worn out so they can be installed. I plan to pick up some sport-touring bags and an engine guard this year to complete the package.
However, being as that I'm an addict to two wheels I'm eye balling a Bandit 1200S or 1250S to give me a little more 'sport' but without sacrificing comfort. I've done the super sport thing and as I'm getting older as well as having a bum back, I'm more inclined to go with the standard riding position for my sporting desires.
Enough about me. To the topic, I do generally find that the younger generation of riders usually prefer the super sports complete with all the @ss hauling they can handle. I can appreciate that, I get the bug every now and then to go faster through tighter corners than a mature and responsible individual should.
1986 Honda VT500C - On loan to a family member
2005 Suzuki SV650 - ADV project bike
2013 V Star 950T - Newest addition to the stable