I really love my G650GS, and it's paid for. I could go into debt to get something else, but my day to day riding is in the city. I've got the russell on it, and givi bags, other little tweaks. Most of the time, when the sun is shining, I don't feel like I need anything else.
Buuuutt.... On the interstate, when the speed limit pushes or exceeds 70, I can just sort of tool along at 65. Sure I can go 80, but with the gearing I have on the bike (and maybe this is something I should change) it is pretty comfortable at 65. Of course this means that most traffic, including huge semi's are roaring past me in the left lanes.
Those trucks kick up an awful lot of wind. I've done trips to Ohio and to Georgia (from Philly) so it's obviously doable. It feels a little insane though. The bike is so small that you get that "oh **** I'm going to die!" feeling. What I want to know is this, to a certain extent, all bikes? I mean it is a motorcycle after all, you are not going to get completely out of the wind..
Some part of me thinks that a bike with 150 extra pounds and twice as much horsepower would be way more comfortable... On the other hand, I love what I have. Do other people go through this calculus as well? Riding in the city versus comfort on the highway, and the economics of bigger bikes?
It's not very Zen to want new kit every 15,000 miles, and i am trying to resist some vicious cycle where I try to feed a techno-lust with new hardware, only to be ultimately dissatisfied and have to shell out again.