Check out the DL650 (V-Strom) as well.Ok, so let's start off with the basics.
I'm a big guy: 260lbs @ 5' 11" and built.
That being said, I am actively working out and losing weight...so I hope to be around 240 or less by the time I can afford a bike With my build, I will not likely dip less that 220.
I want to make sure I get a bike that is comfortable to ride. I don't want to look silly either.
I started with a ninja 250, and have experience riding my fathers softail.
When I had the 250 I was about 305 lbs, and I planned to move up but at the time I couldn't afford it. Even when I was that size, it was surprisingly fun to put around on...
I dislike the cumbersome nature of my fathers softail. its much more work than its worth to deal with such a heavy bike.
I sold my car because I couldn't afford to maintain it, and insurance is really expensive for me because I am a full time student. I've been living without a vehicle for about a year, and I am getting tired of relying on people for rides and taking multiple busses to do business downtown.
I need a daily commuter that can take me from my apartment to the university, and around town for errands and stuff.
It would be really awesome if I could take it on extended trips to visit my father a couple hours away. On the weekends.
In a perfect world, I'd like to be able to hit the highway for a day or two and do some camping. I am a photography nut, and I am getting stir crazy not having anything new to photograph.
I'm a very methodical and cautious person, and I have no intentions of driving recklessly.
I think I would prefer a more upright riding position.
Budget is a concern. I'm finding SV650s around $3-4000 which is about the max I would be able to spend. If I could save some money for gear, that would be great as I don't have a helmet or a jacket anymore.
what do you think guys?
Heh, I bought the 250 to learn on... And yes, it looked pretty ridiculous.You rode a Ninja 250 when you were over 300 lbs, and you're worried about looking ridiculous on an SV? Don't worry; that ship has sailed. ;D
All kidding aside, dd recommended the 650 V-Strom (a/k/a "Wee-Strom") because its cockpit is a little more open than the SV, so it may fit you a little better. Also, a bit more touring accessories are available for it, and that tall riding position is nice for looking over traffic on your commute. Same engine as the SV650, and a lot of shared components with the SV, though.
Either bike will suit you fine, however. At your weight, though, you should upgrade the suspension. Stiffer springs and new oil in the fork legs would be the minimum.
Awesome,You absolutely will need to do suspension mods. I'm barely 180, and I found it too be too mushy.
As for camping, yes:
Got a little frozen that time....