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    I've had a 2013 Suzuki 650 vstrom and they are an excellent bike for solo riding. Price is pretty attractive and they have proven to be dependable. My wife and I road our 650 for a 2 week road trip and in spite of being overloaded it handled the trip without complaint.

    Another one to check out, a bit smaller than your 700 gs, is the Honda CB 500X, 2019 & up. I took one for a test drive and was really impressed with its road manners. It only has 50 hp but is really light, so for its size has a fair amount of get up and go. I wouldn't consider this one an interstate bike, but for just about anything else it would work well.

    Lots of choices out there and I have nothing against the 700-800 gs, and have even toyed with the idea of getting one
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    700gs is a kids toy. Wow, wish I had known that. Rode mine from Germany to Russian border 3 years ago at age 82. Was with 2 guys a year older than me tho they were on big boys 12gs's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by martyhill View Post
    700gs is a kids toy. Wow, wish I had known that. Rode mine from Germany to Russian border 3 years ago at age 82. Was with 2 guys a year older than me tho they were on big boys 12gs's.
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    Lots of choices out there and I have nothing against the 700-800 gs, and have even toyed with the idea of getting one
    If this is what some are getting wadded up over-

    “Toyed with the idea”, from Merriam-Webster-

    toy with- phrasal verb

    toyed with; toying with; toys with
    Definition of toy with
    1 : to think about (something) briefly and not very seriously
    I toyed with the idea of moving to France but ended up staying here.
    2 : to move or touch (something) with one's fingers often without thinking
    She toyed with her hair while she talked on the phone.
    3 : to deal with or control (someone or something) in a clever and usually unfair or selfish way
    Do you really love me, or are you just toying with me?
    Don't toy with my emotions.


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    Quote Originally Posted by martyhill View Post
    700gs is a kids toy.
    Nothing like taking things out of context. Feels like a kids toy as compared to my other bikes, ST1300 & the VFR1200X.

    So the decision has been made I went with a 2020 V-Strom DL650XT Adventure with 1500 miles on the clock. So what lead to this bike over a F700GS. At the end of the day it was price and availability. Granted it may not have all of the electronic features my wife's F700GS has but trying to find a 2016 or new F700GS within a reasonable distance and within my budget was a painful task. The V-Strom also feels like a kids toy.

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    The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.

    Enjoy your new ride!

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