Continuing the automotive theme, TDPC is considering the purchase of a mid-life crisis motorcycle. I used to ride one as a youth back in the old country and I'm looking to get back in the saddle. With a 70km each way commute along twisty county roads, I'm looking for a commuter bike with sporty handling and touring comfort, as well as something that won't fall over when I get home to my own dirt road.
So far, the only bike I can find that really seems to fit the bill is the Suzuki DL-650 V-Strom, which seems to be a successful sports-tourer hybrid, not too large for someone who is, if not a new rider, coming back to bikes after more than 20 years.
Any readers who have other suggestions, or experience or comments on the V-Strom, advice would be welcome.