Originally Posted by JerryH
Check out the Kawasaki Vulcan 500. Decent power and comfortable. Also about the same size as your GS400. But if you can keep the GS400 going I would definitely do that for as long as possible. It is a better bike than anything made today.
They quit making it in '08 or '09 cuz it couldn't pass new and stricter smog requirements. It uses the same engine as the Ninja 500 - a pretty big jump in power over the GS400 (about 20 more, IIRC).
If it's new you want it would be hard to beat this one from Honda...
15 more hp than your current ride and only a couple of pounds heavier. It gets better mpg and
has a bigger tank. Modern and low maintanance, and at a pretty acceptable price. I love this bike and am considering it for a 6 month trip to south america.