Motorcycling

I started riding at 15 when I would sneak my Dad’s Lambretta motor scooter out of the garage. I never got caught, and Dad never let on like he knew. When I turned 16 in 1966 and obtained my driver’s license, it was a moot point. I rode that Lambretta all over town. It set me on my path to motorcycling. I bought a new Honda CL350 when I returned from the US Army, and owned a bunch of other Hondas over the course of many years until I discovered Adventure Motorcycling. I learned that “Less is More.”

Here’s a look backwards at a bit of my motorcycling.

In the Fall of 2016, Suzuki announced an upgraded V-Strom DL650, coming in two versions. A quick look at all the specs, and having owned that SV, I knew it was just a matter of time before I had a new V-Strom in the garage. In August 2017, it came to be.

2017 Suzuki V-Strom DL650 sitting on the dealership floor.

Shortly after taking delivery, I started accessorizing the bike. Eventually, the luggage panniers arrived allowing me to use my Givi Trekker luggage.

Added Givi skid plate and engine guards., and Suzuki hand guards.

The 2017 is the best V-Strom yet. I look forward to many miles. AND, I’m back down to one motorcycle after a little horse trading.

Previously:

In June 2017, I completed a bucket list item by riding to the northeast USA. When I entered Vermont, I entered my 48th State Visited by Motorcycle.

When Suzuki announced a re-introduction of the SV650 as a 2017 model, it caught my attention. I had been looking at bikes to add a second one to the garage. The SV’s updated engine and ergonomics seemed like what I was looking for. I was very pleased that the SV and V-Strom 650 share a similar engine–that’s a big plus. I put down a deposit before it reached the dealership, and took delivery in June 2016.

Suzuki SV650

The SV650 is a blast to ride. Some might call it a naked bike, or a sport bike. I call it a roadster. Fun. Fun. Fun.

Suzuki SV650

So now, there are two in the garage.

V-Strom 650 and SV650

Jan. 23, 2015, I purchased a new Suzuki V-Strom DL650 ABS. What can I say, but that I loved my 2008 V-Strom, I had no problems buying another one.

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After accessorizing it a little. This is how the V-Strom looks in February 2016.

V-Strom with Givi E-22 bags.
V-Strom with Givi E-22 bags.
V-Strom with Givi Trekker bags.
V-Strom with Givi Trekker bags.

And the previous motorcycles:

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My previous motorcycles were a 2008 Suzuki DL650 and a 2014.5 Kawasaki KLR 650 New Edition. The V-Strom was a joy to ride, and the KLR was a hoot. The older V-Strom has taken me all over the USA. I expect the new one will do the same.

States visited by motorcycle

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Motorcycles and travel have been a source of inspiration for me. You will find musings of travel scattered throughout the web site.

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Chimney Rock, Nebraska, was an important landmark for travelers on the Oregon Trail.
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The end of the Oregon Trail. It was an epic ride from Kansas City to Portland, Oregon. The trip from home and return was just over 6,000 miles in 19 days.
There are plenty of scenic pullouts on the Great River Road in Illinois--right next to the river.
There are plenty of scenic pullouts on the Great River Road in Illinois–right next to the river. Originally produced for Road Runner Magazine as a feature story.

I purchased the Suzuki V-Strom DL650 in March 2008 after doing probably too much research. I set out to write a review of the motorcycle, because I had not found anything lengthy or adequate. The magazines tend to be too technical and cite the manufacturers specs. So, I wrote a review, and then another one. At more than 66,000 miles on the bike (Dec. 2014), I have not changed my mind. Originally published at Sojourn Chronicles:

Suzuki V-Strom: The First 1,000 Miles PDF

Suzuki V-Strom: The Next 5,000 Miles PDF

See you on the highway!

Brent