The red is not ideal of course, but I got a deal on this one barely used. It will be a work in progress to set it up for the purpose. My brother also picked up a used red one of the first generation variety. Here they are side-by-side from yesterday's spin in Desoto National Forest:
These bikes are infinitely practical, as while they are not the best at anything, they do many things well, from cruising down the highway at Interstate speeds to negotiating some pretty rough stuff off-road. The six gallon gas tank gives a range of roughly 300 miles, depending on how you ride. Load-carrying capacity is also good, with a huge variety of aftermarket racks and pannier systems available.
We will be both be going to a more utilitarian finish that suits these bikes better. Here are a couple of options I like, flat black and desert tan: