Had my beloved DCT for a while now and she's fast approaching 50K miles.
Wife loves riding pillion but we decided a few weeks ago that perhaps for longer distance European touring, something more "tourable" might be an option.
So we started looking around for another bike to sit alongside the CT.
Long story short, I've bought a nice 2009 Pan European with 58K on the clock and all the toys etc.
What a disappointment!
Ridden her solo and 2-up for 1500 miles.
Despite everyone raving about how well Pan's handle. munch the miles with finesse etc etc, we're struggling with this bike.
Nice bike and smooth engine, but when comparing with the CT (on tarmac) the engine with a manual 5-speed gearbox just seem to lack the get-up-and-go grunt - particularly when overtaking and the handling..... just not in the same league as the CT.
So, the Pan is now up for sale -there's nothing wrong with the bike - in fact she's in really good condition - it just seems to lack any "spirit" - lacks the fire in the belly that makes riding an adventure - not a trip to the shops!https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201908090991095?advertising-location=at_bikes&price-to=6000&postcode=sa707ju&radius=1501&make=HONDA&price-from=4500&model=ST1300%20PAN%20EUROPEAN&sort=price-asc&page=1
So, she'll need to go - possibly looking at a semi-auto Yahama FJR1300 - odd for me cos with the exception of a few years on a 1150GS I've been on Honda man through and through.
Limited budget precludes any Kawasaki or Ducati variant and I'm too young and spirited for a Harley..........!!