|2014 Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom|
- I like reliable, gas-and-go machines. Messing about with stuff makes me angry. As much as I romanticise the idea of lovingly tinkering away on something, I actually can’t stand it. I’m not afraid to tackle mechanical issues, I just don’t want to.
- I’m not that interested in tearing through corners. I have zero desire to touch my knee to the ground, for instance. I want to go places. And I find that most of the places I want to go require a combination of high-speed motorways and poorly maintained British roads.
- I’m not really selfish enough to go places by myself. Any bike for me has to also be a bike for my wife.
- I like anti-lock brakes. They saved my life once, so I’m pretty much insistent the feature be on any bike I seriously consider.
As I say, though, overall I’m not that fond of the look of the bike — especially that silly duckbill thing. Tis a good thing I’m married because I’d never be able to pick up a girl while astride sucha machine. And I’m not overjoyed at the fact the V-Strom is chain-driven. I don’t hate chain maintenance too much, but I’d prefer not to have to deal with it.
I look forward to seeing the bike in person in October — getting a chance to sit on it and so on, as well as learning what the price is supposed to be. That’s an issue that could easily push me back onto the side of disinterest.
(a) I’ve heard the ‘Busa is a love-it-or-hate-it bike. Place me firmly in the hate-it camp.