I was looking at the ST1300 to begin with - nice bike - but the combination of the salesmen and price tag turned me off. I went shopping for either a metric cruiser or sport/adventure touring. I ended up @ Alberta Cycle, the salesmen gave me space and I sat on a few bikes before I went and asked for some help (my style of selling). That was the forst day I had even heard of the strom, and much like my wife I knew the moment I tried her out I had to have it. This was January, so knowing what bike I wanted I decided to wait rather than have a bike sitting in my garage with snow on the ground. Last week I went back to Alberta Cycle to sign the papers on a K6 and saw the 03' sitting over in the corner, 17K and set up the way I wanted it - done.
It has the silver/grey color matched Suzuki Kappa 3pce luggage, heated grips, brand new tires, chain and sprockets, 165watt headlights, Givi engine guard, center stand, IMC 100 intercom, rotor lock, and tank bag, and a tall windshield with lanmar lips, .
When I went to pick the bike up on Thursday night there was no clutch fluid left, it was leaking from the slave cylinder. Being the night before easter long weekend no one had a new slave cylinder in stock and it would have to some from Vancouver (a week away). So Saturday morning I called around and found a replacement seal cup, took my work truck to the dealership fixed it there. There was a ridge worn into the body of the housing so with a little creative dremel polishing, paitience and DOT 4 I was on my way.
I picked up a Joe Rocket "AlterEgo" riding jacket, seems like the right jacket for Alberta where we can have a 30 degree temp swing in an afternoon. I will likely pick up a heated vest and textile riding pants soon. Other "Farkles"...... Well I bought a K&N air filter, I am going to ride it for a while but I think bar risers are in the cards.
First ride impressions, I need to set up the suspension, the oil and preload on the front fork are too light and it tends to dive. I cranked up the rear and it seems good for around town riding (this will take some more time). The bike seems to have a rough stumble/bog/I dunno @ 2800-3800 RPM, there is a really different tone to the exhaust (Alberta Cycle has a Yosh and I will try the remapping). All in all I am pleased.
And now it is snowing, no riding this morning......