Just bought a dr 650 dual sport for a second bike and I can't wipe the sh*t eatin grin of my face. If you not 6' plus they are easy to lower. You'll have about 4-5 grand left over after you buy a new seat(a must).
Seeing as you already have a speedy sport bike, look into getting an old air head GS. They are MUCH lighter than the subsequent oil head models and you can take the wife with you if she so desires. With the low buy in price you should have plenty of cash left over to accessories it as you see fit. I've had mine for 15 years and it always brings a smile to my face when I go exploring on it.
Well, it makes sense to get something that's very different from a sportbike, right?
What you should get kind of depends where you live and what sort of riding you like to do. I have a '00 Daytona, and since I live in NYC, I recently got a used Suzuki DR-Z400S as a city bike. You can't beat a light dual-sport on bumpy, potholed city streets.
If you live anywhere near off-road trails, a DR-Z is a no-brainer, too.
But if you like long trips with the wife, a used FJR or GS would be a good choice.
The bottom line is: since you already have a sportbike, get something very different from what you already have. There is no point in getting a Monster or Speed Triple when you have a Daytona.
My advice as a former BMW motorcycle tech is to avoid Beemers like the plague. They are overpriced even for used ones and not reliable at all. I can't even count all the final drive units I have replaced on "low mileage" BMW's. Stick with a Japanese dual sport. You can't go wrong there and you will have enough money left over to buy your wife something really nice for being so cool.
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