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post #1 of 28 Old 05-16-2017, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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To LAMS or not to LAMS

Looking selling off my DR to something more comfortable for travelling, so enter the V Strom. I currently have a RE licence but able to upgrade as have served my time. From a practical point of view should I be looking at a LAMS restricted Strom or the full blown model. I'm not a petrol head not to fussed on speed (I find the power in my DR fine) but at 110KG + bags don't want to be losing puff in a headwind too much. Opinions please?
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post #2 of 28 Old 05-16-2017, 04:31 PM
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Hi rum,
I can't give you a comparison between the LAMS and the non LAMS as I have only ever ridden the LAMS. I have a 2014 LAMS (it is my first bike), I have ridden 20,000 odd kms on it and can honestly say I have not ever been lacking for power. I commute to work on it on country roads with up to 100km/hr limit. People do tell me, however, that I would easily notice the difference if I rode a non LAMS. I wonder if the biggest difference in the two models is above 100km/hr, but I have ridden on freeways at 110 and still not had a problem. I weigh about 100kg.


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Thanks Reepi. I guess the only way to find out is to ride both, unfortunately I live in the Pilbara and the nearest Suzuki dealer is 1200km away so does make it a bit hard to just pop down and try one out. I am hoping to do as much research as I can before heading down to Perth with a short list. Have also noticed there are very few for sale secondhand especially the XT and LAMS bikes. I keep hearing how popular they are but never see them, Are they not a very big seller?
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I find the my 650 full blown runs out of puff in a headwind without shifting down. If you have the licence....get the full blown...resale better too.
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I have had the full power version and ridden the a LAMS & there is a quite a difference in the higher rev's in all gears and top speed.

The LAMS seemed to run out of puff where the full power model was still going.

I think if you have the licence go the full bicky, it will give you that more power for when you are loaded up and trying to pass some of those bloody road trains out your way.

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I'm thinking the full power version is probably the way to go, just a bit of a pain doing the ride test up here again was hoping to fly down to Perth grab one then ride back to Port Hedland but that's just a first world problem as they say.
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PS I drive one of those bloody road trains, gives you a good opportunity to spot bikes on there way to an adventure.
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PS I drive one of those bloody road trains, gives you a good opportunity to spot bikes on there way to an adventure.
Jesus does that piss you off or what, if we see one heading out off town loaded up the first thing we think off is "BASTARD"
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I find the my 650 full blown runs out of puff in a headwind without shifting down. If you have the licence....get the full blown...resale better too.
Vehicles [bikes included] have a gearbox for a reason.... it is there to be used, so why would you expect to just drop it in to 6th gear and not have to change down?

You are right regarding the resale aspect, so would agree with the comment of getting the unrestricted model..

But in reality, the LAMS model would probably be more than capable for what most of us do.

My '09 DL650A had no problem doing two up and heavily loaded with big panniers and top box, even though everyone tried to tell me I'd need the 1000 for doing it.

No problem fully packed for two weeks on the road for interstate camping trips either.

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Jesus does that piss you off or what, if we see one heading out off town loaded up the first thing we think off is "BASTARD"
Yes, yes it does. Must say though most of the bikes I see up here are either Harleys or BMWs. I cant recall ever seeing a V Strom in the last 12 months.
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