So I have read all the stickies, and these are what are still holding me back. Sorry if they have come up, but I guess each person likes to see answers to their specific thread, even though there are dozens in the search that are almost similar.
Every so often, I like to a passenger on the bike. Is it possible for a motard to still be fun (when riding solo) if it came prepared to also take passengers? Most tards I see are solo riding bikes.
Another concern comes with distance. I keep reading that motards are not meant for long distance b/c of no wind protection and the style of the engine/buziness. Is there any way around that?
As a reference, I have ridden a 2003 F650gs and an older monster (see sig). I found the 650 not to have any personality and the speed wasn't there for me. The monster was hoot, loved it through and through, but I still wanted a bit more oomph in the top end at times for straight line speed.
These are the core reasons that I haven't come over to the darkside yet. The other is straight speed, but I think that I can get over that with a healthy (but not too healthy) sized motor.
Thanks for the feedback in advance.
ps, I can't have two bikes, hence my dilemma