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post #1 of 13 Old 01-07-2013, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone,

My boyfriend and I are planning to buy a V-strom DL650 in South-America to travel around with. We will ride two-up and we both want to ride (to share the load). We are both quite inexperienced drivers but fairly adventurous as compensation. Also I'm quite tall 5"10 and not too fragile. But still, I have no idea what's it going to be like to drive around two-up and with luggage.

So are there any women that have experience with this? Or any opinions?

Furthermore, we might have a possibility to buy a DL1000, but since that's even a heavier bike, I'm worried if I'll be able to handle it, especially on dirt roads, with tight curves and slow driving.

So any experience/opinions on this as well?

Thanks a lot!

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You were requesting comments by females......but. You might want to check out this website: Micadu International It's the blog of a young Romanian couple who have travelled across Canada to Alaska and then down through the USA to almost the tip of South America aboard their faithful DL650 named "Gunnar". So far the only problems with the bike, if you could call them bike problems, has been the availability of tires, sprockets and chains. A bike the size of the V-Strom is very rare in South America, and it's hard to find even common maintenance items down there.
BTW, stick to the 650, the Romanian couple have had to carry spare gas on occasion, and I suspect the 1000 would be much worse for gas usage.

Regarding you riding with your boyfriend as pillion. Only you will know if it's going to be comfortable, or even possible. You will need some practice before you take on a passenger. Is there anywhere in the Netherlands (or perhaps the UK) that you could rent a V-Strom. That would both give you some experiance, and a chance to decide if travelling two up on a Strom is going to make for an enjoyable trip for you. I don't think you could pick a better bike for the job.

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PSST its riding

Just start off with shorter duration rides like an hour and work you way up

Give yourself a break every couple of hours regardless of distance.

Sit calmly centered on the bike and don't help him lean or anything
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Hi everyone,

My boyfriend and I are planning to buy a V-strom DL650 in South-America to travel around with. We will ride two-up and we both want to ride (to share the load). We are both quite inexperienced drivers but fairly adventurous as compensation. Also I'm quite tall 5"10 and not too fragile. But still, I have no idea what's it going to be like to drive around two-up and with luggage.

So are there any women that have experience with this? Or any opinions?

Furthermore, we might have a possibility to buy a DL1000, but since that's even a heavier bike, I'm worried if I'll be able to handle it, especially on dirt roads, with tight curves and slow driving.

So any experience/opinions on this as well?

Thanks a lot!

Cheers,
Suzanne
So you want to go to a foreign country. Learn to ride a 500+ lbs. bike, which you are inexperienced and unfamiliar with, down dirt roads, 2 up with luggage (which will make the bike 1000 + lbs.) What could go wrong?

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Sounds very adventurous! In a "learn by school of hard knocks" kind of way. Something to consider is that the stock suspension is not optimal for 2up with luggage riding. Might be ok on road but you will...and I mean will bottom out the rear off-road.


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All very brave of you, but if you really must learn to ride a bike do it on separate bikes with essentials only. The roads in S. America are not as forgiving as Dutch cycle lanes, if you go down, you'll go down hard. I wish you the best of luck with your adventure, but think about what you need to carry as a must only.
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I wouldn't buy my Strom in Brazil, retail for a 2012 is about $19,000. Buying used from a third party is still high and can take 6-7 months for the paperwork.


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I have experience on my previous bike, but not my current VStrom. I echo the guys, in shorter rides at first and doing a little at a time. I think as long as you have time to prepare that you will be fine. There are wonderful people here with great advice.


650Wee: I am happy that Suzannae is coming to get advice about your adventure here on the forum.
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Hi everyone,

My boyfriend and I are planning to buy a V-strom DL650 in South-America to travel around with. We will ride two-up and we both want to ride (to share the load). We are both quite inexperienced drivers but fairly adventurous as compensation. Also I'm quite tall 5"10 and not too fragile. But still, I have no idea what's it going to be like to drive around two-up and with luggage.

So are there any women that have experience with this? Or any opinions?

Furthermore, we might have a possibility to buy a DL1000, but since that's even a heavier bike, I'm worried if I'll be able to handle it, especially on dirt roads, with tight curves and slow driving.

So any experience/opinions on this as well?

Thanks a lot!

Cheers,
Suzanne
My wife is as tall as you. She told me that she hated riding behind me on my 650 V-strom. She loved riding behind me on my Honda Pacific Coast and loves riding behind me on my Suzuki Burgman 650 Executive. Tells me that she felt cramped on the 650 V-Strom. You guys really need to check out a 650 V-Strom before you get to South America. If it turns out that you hate riding two up on the bike you need to know this before you get there and started on your ride/vacation. The idea of rides like this is for the two of you to have an Adventure, not be miserable the entire ride because the bike is not comfortable for either of you.

In my opinion, neither of the V-Stroms is a beginners bike. You need to get some riding time (both of you) BEFORE you get to South America.

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650Wee: I am happy that Suzannae is coming to get advice about your adventure here on the forum.[/QUOTE] My adventure? Not sure I follow. I was simply saying that starting out an adventure with an unfamiliar bike with little riding experience in a foreign country may not be the smartest idea.

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