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post #1 of 17 Old 05-01-2019, 09:12 AM Thread Starter
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Hello from Quebec

Hey everyone. As per a suggestion from the intro section, I'm posting a hello in here as well. I'm in the process of finishing my permit, and will be buying a VStrom 650 XT as soon as I'm done.

Looking forward to picking up as much input as possible on the bike and riding.

Have a great one, all.

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post #2 of 17 Old 05-01-2019, 11:18 AM
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Bonjour et bienvenue sur le forum!
You'll buy a new one?

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post #3 of 17 Old 05-01-2019, 12:19 PM Thread Starter
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C'est le plan. There are some pretty good deal on right now for 2018's - I was looking at one in St. Jerome with aluminum side bags and some other accessories for $9k.
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I know common wisdom probably leans more towards a used bike as a starter, but I've done a bit of dirt-biking in my youth growing up on the Bas Cote Nord, and I have a 120km round-trip commute I want to use the bike on, so I'd feel more comfortable with a new machine and warranty that comes with...not to mention I prefer the look of the newer models ;-)
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Welcome to the forum. I'll second the advice above.

A used bike (even if just for 1 summer ) is best to learn on. Many will drop their 1st bike several times. The vstrom having a tall seat and with a high center of gravity , this tends to make things worst. The plastic is fragile and expensive.

Unless of course if you have lots of experience on motocross.


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I don't want to seem arrogant and over-state my experience. I've put a good bit of time in, all off-road, but all many years ago, so I won't dismiss the advice. Thanks.
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Wow - an edit option would be nice so as not to run up pointless posts ;-) - sorry about that

I'll get a pretty good first-hand experience where this choice is concerned - I'm doing my courses with Renan at Montreal Motor Pro. When signing up, I informed him of my plan to get a Strom - he said they have one there and that's what they'll put me on for the practical training.
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Welcome to the forum. I'll second the advice above.

A used bike (even if just for 1 summer ) is best to learn on. Many will drop their 1st bike several times. The vstrom having a tall seat and with a high center of gravity , this tends to make things worst. The plastic is fragile and expensive.

Unless of course if you have lots of experience on motocross.


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Well if the funds are available I don’t know that I would follow this advise. Crash bars can take care of the plastics (as can insurance if needed) and not having to worry about the quality and trustworthiness of the bike while one is trying to (re-)learn would be worth it to me to risk a few scratches. Having said this, for me at 5’6” this would not have been the best beginner bike. But if you are taller and confident enough go for it.
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Wow - an edit option would be nice so as not to run up pointless posts ;-) - sorry about that

I'll get a pretty good first-hand experience where this choice is concerned - I'm doing my courses with Renan at Montreal Motor Pro. When signing up, I informed him of my plan to get a Strom - he said they have one there and that's what they'll put me on for the practical training.
Welcome to the Canadian section!!

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I know common wisdom probably leans more towards a used bike as a starter, but I've done a bit of dirt-biking in my youth growing up on the Bas Cote Nord, and I have a 120km round-trip commute I want to use the bike on, so I'd feel more comfortable with a new machine and warranty that comes with...not to mention I prefer the look of the newer models ;-)
Nah, my first ever bike was new. The current one was new also.

The only reason my second bike tasted dirt is because of vandalism.


Suzuki offers 5 years warranty now, that's worth a lot more than saving a couple hundred bucks

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