We are just about to pull the trigger on the purchase of a 2014 C650GT for my wife (the new Quarts Blue Metallic color). I know actual owners are best source of information for what the ownership experience is really like for any new machine so I'm checking in here with the experts.
I've been riding my entire life, an MOA member for twenty something years, and currently ride a '13 R1200RT. My wife on the other hand has not been a rider heretofore, rather has ridden with me for years on the back of my bikes. She's an active lady and learns and concentrates well, and we just finished a couple years of ATVing where she rode her own rig. She did very well and impressed all the guys in the club we rode with. We want to start her on her own two-wheeled machine now and are thinking the C650GT looks just about perfect. We'll do mostly day rides but do want the ability to take some several day tours and want her machine to be up to the task. Again, the C650GT looks fully capable.
This leads to my questions:
- Anyone think this isn't the right machine for the mission?
- Are there any chronic service difficulties for this machine?
- Is it easy to self service? (we live 150 miles from the nearest dealer, and I like doing my own maintenance)
- Anything else we should know or look out for?