Originally Posted by William42
As others have said take a look at the V Stroms, DL650 or DL1000.
What he said!
Im a long time Harley Road King rider and have owned more dirt bikes and Japanese street bikes than I can remember. That also includes dual sport big bore thumper Hondas.
I have always been curious about the whole BMW Adventurer thing, but damn...the cost of entry has just been to much of a gamble to me if I didnt like it.
Then I spotted a Suzuki V-Strom DL1000 used on Craigslist.
I thought, wow...that thing looks like it could be made into a pretty good Adventure bike.
So....I started looking at them on websites. Holy crap! These things have a cult following and a HUGE aftermarket industry supporting them as well.
I called the guy in the ad, went and took a test ride and was immediately hooked.
The bike has a huge, torquey V-Twin, which being a Harley guy I greatly enjoyed.
Very refined feeling and best of all FUN!
The bike was very, very inexpensive...Ive been adding aftermarket stuff ever since I bought it.
Take a look at this bike, you'll enjoy it.