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Old 12-07-2012, 05:18 AM
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I haven't ridden the K1600, but some of my riding buddies have BMWs and I've had a chance to spend time on a K1200GT and a K1300S. Like you would expect and others have mentioned, the big K-bikes offer lots of power, stability, comfort, good handling, and power. At speeds over 40mph, they trounce the Strom in pretty much every way.

But for around town or off-pavement, the Strom is the better bike. And of course there's the huge difference in cost of ownership, which can affect your riding pleasure just as much as handling or power.
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I hope you are SO financially set that mid twenties is no burden

I could write a check but the guilt of Mervin don't be a jerk would haunt me.

I also would not be afraid of a used on , these aren't the ones where the swing arm breaks in 2 and kills the owner , is it?
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:33 AM
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I'd love to own one, and no doubt it would be a much classier ride than my Vee. But I seem to have a passion that gets me onto interesting scenic back-way roads which often have lousy surfaces and so I occasionally fall down. My Vee together with it's huge ugly scratched and dented aluminum side cases and lever protectors, seems to survive ok. I'd hate to go for even a minor slide in gravel with such a beautiful touring bike.
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(B)iggest(M)oney(W)aster (see sig line) My issues were not so much with all the little $hit that went wrong with these bikes, but it was more about how I was treated by my stealership and BMWNA. If you frequent any of the BMW owner forums this seams to be a common theme. I liked (not loved) these bikes for what the were, but when I was looking for an "adventure" bike I never even considered a BMW. I would like to get one of those new Husqvarna TR650, but I swore that I'd never give another nickel to BMW. Oh well, rules were meant to be broken.
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My "other bike" is a GL1800 Wing; I love the bike and fully plan on keeping both.
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If you have never spent time on a well sorted touring bike you might think you wouldn't want the weight or to pay the typically higher price for one. The V Strom isn't a touring bike and they don't compare. Nor should they. The touring bikes are in there own league above 40 mph and after a couple hours in the saddle. You don't get the wind noise, buffeting that most V Stroms have at least some of. Overall wind protection, especially on the lower part is much better. While the seating position of the V Strom is excellent imo the ride is a LOT rougher than a good touring bike. The stability and handling at speed can be very very good on a big bike. Add a passenger and 100 lbs of luggage to a touring bike and you don't notice it near as much as on a V Strom.

But they sure can feel like a PIG around town. And don't even look down that gravel road and wonder where it goes.......
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I think you misconstrued his post. He wanted a Husky, but was not willing to give more $ to BMW (which is what he would be doing if he bought a Husky because BMW owns Husky. He already knows this.)
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The touring bikes are in there own league above 40 mph and after a couple hours in the saddle. You don't get the wind noise, buffeting that most V Stroms have at least some of. Overall wind protection, especially on the lower part is much better.
But they sure can feel like a PIG around town. And don't even look down that gravel road and wonder where it goes.......
Well put, all they're missing is "doors". If you are doing a monster trip, they are the cats nuts, but if in-between most of your riding is local, they are pigs.
I love agility in a bike, so my Tiger and V-Strom never fail to put a smile on my face, even if just going to WalMart.
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I think if I was thinking of spending $25k on a bike I'd look at a fully optioned VFR1200 with a few bucks left over for top shelf riding gear.

The VFR is my dream bike....does everything well
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