It’s been long enough, it’s time to get a bike again. Roberta said I could get one for my birthday, so I’ve been researching. At first I thought I might another rice rocket like my old R6. Then I thought about it a bit and figured something more along the lines of a supermoto might be more fun around here. I’ll only be running around locally, with occasional longer trips. So, finding something comfortable, fun, and easy to ride.

So, check out the 2009 Suzuki DRZ 400 SM.

In White.

From 2009

and in black.

From 2009

It’s small, lightweight, and yet big enough to run up to San Jose on occasion. I haven’t signed on the dotted line yet. But this is the head contender. Second place would have to be the Aprilia SXV 550 with fuel injection and almost twice the horsepower. Too bad it’s so much more expensive.

From 2009

Update: Here’s what John was talking about. The Ducati Hypermotard.