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    So Why Not a Big Bike?

    The "big vs medium vs small" bike debate, like many "debates" on the internet, is one that quickly devolves from a debate to passionate disagreement to a fanatical argument that defies logic and excludes consideration for other's opinions or even their freedom of choice! It's been said that one person's trash is another one's treasure, and I think that applies to one's choice of motorcycles for their own "adventure" rides and travels. My personal experience is that the two 1000+ cc bikes I've owned (V-Strom 1000 and BMW R1150GS Adventure) were too big - for ME - to comfortably take off-pavement for extended rides. Now, I realize and agree that this was not the fault of the bike and has absolutely no bearing on whether they can handle offroading. It's simply that my riding skills, style and preferences resulted in an unpleasant and somewhat nerve-wracking experience for me, and that I was focused more on not falling than I was on enjoying the ride. So, I sold the 2004 BMW R1150GSA and for the same amount of money bought a 2012 Honda NC700X, and given it's list of options, it is turning out for ME to be a great "adventure" bike. I have crash bars, risers, off-road pegs, skid plate, dual sport tires and Givi Trekker bags and more. It feels "light" to me, with it's lower center of gravity, and the torquey engine and low red-lining engine (what some would call underpowered or wimp) has just the right amount of power for me and my gear. It's top speed is around 100 MPH, which is faster than I should go anyway, and plenty of top end. 60-70 MPG gives me a 200-mile plus range, which again is plenty for the adventure riding that I choose to do and enjoy. An adventure bike is, I believe, the bike that fits the rider's desires and inspires them to be more adventurous! An adventure can be a ride of a few hours, a day, a weekend, a month or a year or more - it's all dependent on what "adventure" means to each of us individually. So I think that most of the ranters and ravers should simply relax, enjoy and promote the bikes that they want to ride, but also respect other's rights and pleasures in not riding the biggest, latest and "best" bikes according to their opinions. As for me, my adventures are limited for now to the twisty two lane backroads of the Appalachian Blue Ridge and single lane gravel roads and National Forest tracks, and I'm having fun, increasing the distance of my rides, and improving my handling skills on the "right Adventure bike for me".
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