If you ride (or want to ride) motorcycles, you came to the right thread. Talk about our bikes, maintenance, gear, and any great rides we've been on.
2007 Suzuki DL650, aka V-Strom 650, aka Wee-Strom:
- memory foam seat
- bark busters / handguards
- Givi engine guards / crashbars
- skidplate ( an absolute must for even light off-road)
- heated grips
- fenda extenda (on the back of the front fender, you can barely see it)
- adjustable windshield brackets (a must for the DL650 on longer trips, the stock one sucks)
- Metzler Tourance EXP tires
It's a dual-sport, but it looks (and feels) much more on-road than off. I use it on gravel and dirt forest service roads, but I wouldn't go much more off-road than that. I initially went for it mostly because it fits my very impressive height pretty well, but fell in love with it. I can mostly keep up with my friends on sport bikes through corners, though they can leave me in the dust once we hit the straights. I'm comfortable with that.
Gear I use:
Firstgear Teton jacket
Firstgear Escape pants
Shoei RF-1000 helmet in matte black
Sidi Strada Rain Boots
Icon Persuit gloves
Halo reflective helmet band
I got the jacket and pants through NewEnough.com. They sell last year's styles at really steep discounts. If you go there you can see my sideways image on reviews for these products because I didn't double check it before I sent it off. Oh, well. I like all my gear quite a bit, I don't have anything really negative to say about any of it.
I do my own oil changes because shops charge $TEXAS even though they are much easier to do than oil changes in a car. I also adjust and lube the chain myself and recently changed my own brake pads, which was much easier than expected. For most other things I take it to the shop.
I use the freeways to commute to and from work. That's about it. Highways are better, and little-used side roads are even better. In Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, the author makes a good observation: the best routes for motorcycles are those with at least two better routes to get from point A to point B.
My most recent big ride was from Seattle down the Oregon coast and back.
This was one of the best stretches.
I also like riding out of Seattle on 522, up to Highway 2, and East over the Cascades. The scenery is breathtaking.
I've not seen another thread on Motorcycles, so if it dies due to lack of demand I won't feel too bad.