I'm a relative motorcycle novice, started riding about 8 years ago on a '97 Suzuki GS500 until someone stole it from my driveway
After that, I picked up an '84 Nighthawk 650 for $500 -- serious project bike -- and got in way over my head. Lately it's mostly just been sitting, looking at me with big sad ugly dismembered eyes wondering when I'm finally gonna put her back together...
I've finally decided to go back to the shallow end of the pool and am just about ready to pull the trigger on a new Street Twin. I test rode one and it was great for those 15 min, but it I have a few concerns and I'm hoping the experienced folks on this forum can help me out.
I'm planning on using the bike as a daily commuter. That's mostly in-town riding on surface streets, but a few days a week it will entail about 20 - 50 miles on the freeway. I also plan to ride on the weekends out into the hills which will also entail ~50+ miles of freeway riding.
How does the Twin do on freeways? I'm concerned about the lack of a 6th gear -- is this something I'm going to regret for longer rides? Which parameters in a motorcycle are important for considering this sort of thing? (I'm assuming it's not all about engine displacement)
Secondly, since my experience on bikes is almost entirely at 500cc (I also rode a 250 ninja for a brief period but couldn't handle the whining!) I figured that bumping up to 900cc should be a good size to last me a while...that being said, is this the kind of bike people tend to outgrow quickly? I am not into racing or cruising around at supersonic speeds, and my wife DEFINITELY is not me doing that...I just want an awesome looking, fun bike, high quality, that'll last me forever.
Any advice, tips, etc, that anyone wants to offer me, I will accept with much gratitude!