So what kind of motorcycle does it take to make an around-the-world trek? Having ridden motorcycles for over 35 years starting with a Harley Davidson 350 Sprint in Fairbanks, AK long ago and riding and owning many types and models since, I ended up with a 2001 Harley Davidson Road King as my road bike of choice for the roads in and around Nashville.
2001 Harley Davidson Road King
As Rally Around the World approached I knew deep down the trip would require a more versatile and functional cycle to make the 15,000 mile trek. After much contemplation, research and finally just a plain gut-check, I selected the Suzuki V-Strom DL650.
- Suzuki V-Strom DL650
In 2002, Suzuki introduced the V-Strom 1000 in a new motorcycle category, the Sport Enduro Tourer. Its running performance and packaging earned worldwide acclaim. In 2003, Suzuki released the V-Strom 650 targeting a wider range of users. This versatile model covers not only daily use such as commuting, but also touring as well…I just knew I was on the right track.
Since getting the bike, I have been adding a number of accessories or “farkles” coming from “function” and “sparkle”. Started with Rox pivoting risers for handlebar comfort and endurance on the road, Denali panniers from Happy-Trails, GIVI top case and engine guards, Adventure Moto Stuff skid plate and Mad Stad adjustable, windshield mounts to reduce buffeting. Still have a number of other accessories to add including a GPS and communication system…the jury is still out on the stock seat!!…lastly, all that will be needed is a rider!!
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