Greetings, Forum members. Thanks for the add. I'm looking to purchase a long term street bike after selling my KTM 300 XCW last year. Last year I rode a BMW K1200LT that I purchased from a friend just to see if I still enjoyed street riding. I really had a great time riding in the mountains of western Colorado. I never thought I'd enjoy the Beemer, but it was quite fun to ride and more sporty than I thought possible.
The BMW taught me a few things:
1.) I don't want a Beemer as my long term bike, for a number of reasons. Great motorcycles, not for me.
2.) I don't want a 850 pound motorcycle.
3.) I love turning and leaning, so no Harley.
4.) Heated grips are awesome! Few bikes seem to have them as an option, but the aftermarket appears to have things covered.
5.) Cruise control, never thought I'd use it as much as I have. That's partly due to this model BMW having a difficult-to-turn throttle.
6.) I rather like a windshield/screen and fairing.
7.) I don't require Samsonite luggage on a motorcycle. My riding usually brings me home that evening, if not, it's just an overnighter.
8.) My bum wears out before anything else, so whatever is required in that regard, comfort-wise, I'll do.
After looking around on the internet and youtube, I've narrowed my selection down to the Suzuki GSX-S1000F and the Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX. I like the more upright seating arrangement, the liter class power, and the more sporty nature of these bikes.
I'm 64 yo and I tend to keep vehicles a long time. I enjoy maintaining and working on my bikes. I'll be riding one-up as my wife also rides and is terrified on the pillion.
"Fixing" the perceived-by-me shortcomings of motorcycles and making them suit me are interesting pursuits for me. I realize no bike is made for me, personally, but that is part of the fun of motorcycles.
I look forward to gleaning wisdom from fellow forum members and thank you in advance for sharing your experiences.