Just returned from our annual Okanagan trip. What a blast ! Most of the summer traffic was gone and the weather was sunny and clear.
5 bikes - My new Suzuki V-strom, plus a Ducati ST-2,
BMW K1200RS, Suzuki TL1000S, & Honda 929 Fireblade
As expected, the TL & 929 are the hot-rods of the bunch. The other 3 were very close in performance with the V-strom feeling stronger during passing roll-ons. The BMW feels like a bullet train that could mow down honda civics; and it is so smooth you need to watch the tach to see whats happening. The ST2 with pipes and a chip is like driving a muscle car; with great ergonomics. Of course, I am partial to my V-strom; the combination of power, handling, fuel economy (52mpg), range, 300km+ per tank, and comfort, confirms I made the right choice when I traded my DR650.
On our return trip along the hope princeton, we took the old Hedley road for some fun in the curves. I highly recommend it to combat highway boredom. Will post a more complete trip report when the photos arrive(including the anarchist mountain climb out of Osoyoos)
I should have bought a VStrom. I started to really like the bike after I got over the looks, actually, the looks are starting to grow on me.