I've decided the SS is not for me - now what?
Sooooooo, after putting a couple hundred miles on my gorgeous 2019 Titanium Silver SS, I have come to the conclusion that this is probably not the right bike for me. Don't get me wrong! As far as street bikes go, this bike has been almost everything I could want in a street bike. The problem lies with me. I stopped riding on the street about 7 years ago due to safety concerns (I live in NJ). Since then, I have been riding two wheels frequently in the dirt and on the trails. This past Christmas, I decided that I was ready to return to the street. After seeing the SS and reading all the positive reviews about it, I decided that the SS would be the next bike for me.
While I am becoming increasingly more comfortable riding the SS, I am just not that comfortable riding on the street. I am fine with going to the coffee shop or running simple errands, but the SS is too much bike for such menial tasks. Plus, I am so busy with family and work that going out for a longer spin on the SS always seems to be a hurried affair. In the meantime, I sold my Yamaha TTR-230 trail bike and then picked up a used Yamaha XT 250 dual purpose bike this past weekend. I took the XT out for a street spin on Sunday morning after it rained and was instantly at home on this bike. The XT is dorky looking and tops out at 65 mph, but weighs less than 300 lbs. dripping wet and I had a blast on it.
My dilemma is finding a dual sport replacement for the SS that has more oomph and street capability than the XT. The Desert Sled looks really appealing, but weighs almost as much as the SS, and do I really want to take a bike like that through the woods? Most capable dual sports have really high seats, and I need something with a seat height that is 34 inches or less. The Suzuki DR650 with its ancient technology seems to be the best match. I'm just wondering if I might be overlooking a suitable candidate. Thanks much for any suggestions.