After riding my SV for over 33,000 km's I think I've come to my senses on what is next for me in the adventures of motorcycling. Originally I was intended on a supersport, either a 2011+ GSX-R 750 or a 2013 ZX-6R... Both seem like logical upgrades. But then I realized there isn't anything wrong with my SV650s. As a street bike, it has readily available linear power with great feedback. It comes with ABS and I've been riding it year round with no hiccups or faults. At the track it performs just as well. If I want to get into racing(which I will), I'll be looking at a second-hand, ready to go track bike. So thus the SV has come to fit my commuting, sport touring, and occasional track day needs very well. Where improvement is needed is only in my own ability. I still have a lot of learning to do on this bike. Not to mention I seriously love that motor.
So instead of going with my original plan to gain a couple of cylinders, I think I'm going to lose one and get myself a nice little thumper, the DR-Z 400SM.
And I gotta say, this color scheme is rather easy on the eyes as well..
Here is a breakdown of what I want it for:
-goofing around town (interpret that however you want haha)
-check out FSR and unserviced roads
-get myself a set of S wheels with knobbies (future prospect) for more adventurous rides
-learn to slide that rear tire with control
So I have a few questions for current drz400sm owners..
How does owning multiple bikes play into the drz's usefulness? Do you find yourself not riding certain bikes? Riding in the winter.. better to have a sportbike with ABS or a supermoto? What is the longevity of the single cylinder motor? Is it possible to do some light touring on this thing? How well does it perform on the highway with only 5 gears? Is it foolish of me for considering buying new? (I do like the '12 color)
I would appreciate any insight into my noob inquiries!