2008: MotoBum buys a Suzuki DL650 V-Strom for $7000.
"Yeah, I bought that DL650 because I thought the bike I really wanted, a BMW F800GS, was too expensive. In reality, I hated that DL motorcycle so much that I actually lost sleep over it; it was such a chuck of sh*t."
"I really needed to get back to my speedier roots after riding that V-Strom. Fuel costs? Comfort? Carrying capacity? Damn the concerns. Just give me something that can get out of its own way. In reality, I could ride that Honda in enjoyment for about 10 minutes before the riding position gently reminded me that I'm not 20 anymore. If I'd have grabbed something that handled well enough, was comfortable, and that didn't force me to borrow the back seat of Ghostface KLR's BMW R1150GS to carry half of my camping gear, I might have been the butt of fewer jokes. I shoulda bought that F800GS."
2010: MotoBum buys a Kawasaki KLR650 for $5000
"I really just want a motorcycle that is comfortable, runs perfectly on bad 87-octane fuel, and will go anywhere. And I just love the way KLRs ride. In reality, umm... yeah... could I get some more motor please? Why didn't I just get one of those BMW F800GS motorbikes in the first place?!"
"In retrospect, I could have just bought the motorcycle I really wanted in the first place. It would have been easier from a transactional standpoint and cheaper to boot. I suppose some things we learn the hard way. Next time I'll go for what I really want out of life rather than finding economical alternatives."
The 2010 BMW F800GS has a base MSRP of $11,395.00.