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.
The KLR was a blast to ride, but when I learned of a “too good of a deal to pass up,” I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to own a V-Strom DL1000. I traded the KLR, and rode the V-Strom home.
I missed the KLR. So, I decided to fix it. In March, 2018, I bought a new 2018 Kawasaki KLR 650. It is a hoot to ride. I added SW Motech crash bars and skid plate, and Givi luggage racks and top case adapter so that I could use my Givi Trekkers.
Six months later, I have more miles on the KLR than the V-Strom I purchased a year ago. It’s a hoot to ride, while the V-Strom is a joy–so smooth and powerful.
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.
Shortly after taking delivery, I started accessorizing the bike. Eventually, the luggage panniers arrived allowing me to use my Givi Trekker luggage.
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.
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.
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.
So now, there are two in the garage.
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.
After accessorizing it a little. This is how the V-Strom looks in February 2016.
And the previous motorcycles:
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
Motorcycles and travel have been a source of inspiration for me. You will find musings of travel scattered throughout the web site.
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:
See you on the highway!