Ok, I have a sports tourer, and I have a dirt bike. Loving the dirty more and more every day, disliking the road more and more every day....seems every time I go out there is drama, cops, jerk drivers, dash cams etc. I love the bike and it's comfort/cruisability, but can't give it crap anywhere on the road for fear of ramifications. I am getting older, body is slowing down, joints are bad, just wear and tear stuff, but can't do "sporty" for much longer.
So, thoughts are to replace a sports tourer with a dirt-capable tourer. The 650 in the weestrom is a great road engine, enough poke to be interesting, and you can use it all quite often without the threat of hoon laws. The 1000 vstrom seems just more of the same, but in bigger doses. More power (yay), more weight, more height (boo), don't want a full endure ktm or gs, tiger is pricey for what it is, cb500x doesn't interest me (not much more grunt than my drz), bigger crossrunner/tourer is more weighty, less dirt-capable (lower ground clearance, less stroke, more $$) so have come to the decision a vstrom 650 could be a good "getting old but not giving up just yet" bike.
Thoughts, experiences, opinions from those that know these things?
Oh, and try to keep the laughter down...