Hello all! Recently joined but been a lurker for a couple of months. I bought my first DR650, although not my first bike nor my first DS bike. My very first bike was a Yamaha XT550 (kickstart and all). However, it has been a LONG while since I've done any off road riding, and I've spent the past 17 years riding sport bikes. So I'm kind of a newbie to the DS culture.
After owning several different sport bikes and living in that sport going on 2 decades, I've reached the saturation point. So the passed few years I've been wanting a different experience and a different ride. A ride that can take me places I haven't been to before. I've been dreaming of exploring the California Desert on bikes for many years now. I tried that on my Honda VFR800 and that bike really doesn't like dirt roads! It will only handle so much gravel, albeit VERY carefully, before getting angry and threatening to throw me off the seat. So after doing some research, watching every DS review on YouTube, I came to the conclusion the DR650 was the right bike for me. My friends strongly suggested I get the big Adventure Tourers, but as much as I know they're great bikes, I'm into light bikes. I'm honestly tired of riding around in a 500+ lbs. motorcycle! Adventure Tourers are great for interstate travel. But at some point, their immense size and girth begs the question: Maybe I would be better off driving a Jeep Wrangler? And I secretly just don't want to become another poser at the next sport bike watering hole here in Southern California riding my "Adventure" bike around Malibu!
In any case, the simplicity of the traditional DS bikes from Japan really appeals to me. I'm tired of complicated machines!
So here she is parked in...well, a paved parking lot! LOL! Forgive me for not taking her on dirt yet! Soon. Anyway, she is a lot of fun just bombing around the urban jungles of Southern California.