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post #1 of 43 Old 03-31-2014, 04:31 PM Thread Starter
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Cycleworld head-to-head KTM 1190 vs BMW 1200GS vs V-Strom 1000

Cycleworld just published a head-to-head comparison of the Beemer, Katoom and Vee. The Strom did quite well and they were impressed with it off road.
I'm not surprised really. Are any of you?
Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS vs. KTM 1190 Adventure vs. BMW R1200GS- Comparison Test

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Cycleworld just published a head-to-head comparison of the Beemer, Katoom and Vee. The Strom did quite well and they were impressed with it off road.
I'm not surprised really. Are any of you?
Actually, I am surprised, and pleasantly. I have every confidence in the bike, but I expected the comparison to gouge the Strom pretty good just because it's not one of the big German "true" ADV offroad-oriented bikes, but being more roadster-oriented, it seems kinda like a fish (duck?) out of water being compared to them, as oposed to say, a Super Tenere.

Sounds like it acquitted itself quite well, all things being considered.

AS a side note I now understand why Suzuki, in their truly infinite wisdom, did not equip the bike with a centerstand. It seems that review articles always have to have exactly 3 major bullet points to list as cons or "downs", no more and no less. Had they not been able to the lack of a centerstand on the list, they would have had to go looking for something else and would have found out about the "lurchy" throttle. :mrgreen:

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I noticed that one of the three plus points was it's bright, dark-piercing headlight. That should help quite some of the negative comments people were making about the bike even before they got their hands on it.
Has anyone who has taken delivery tried the bike at night? How well does the new cyclops eye compare to the previous model or to other bikes that you've ridden?
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Great article, thanks for posting...Pretty much sums it up for me to go with the V-Strom. Although the KTM won, where do you take it if it needs service? I'm in Austin TX, a fairly big American city and they have a little rinky dink KTM dealer here that sells mainly used bikes. I sat on one and was asking the salesman about it, he didn't know anything about, plus I didn't like it.Just waiting till my V-Strom SE comes in...
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Interesting article. Contrary to popular belief the Vee has always been able to hold it's own with the heavy weights with some minor fine tuning.

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they would have had to go looking for something else and would have found out about the "lurchy" throttle. :mrgreen:
They talked about that a few pages earlier in their review of the bike.

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As I get older, I choose to live by the motto "keep it simple stupid". I just got off my Vee2 and it's second voyage. It is simple and rides great. I found myself focusing on the instrument panel to get familiar with it. I had to be careful not to lose focus on my riding. Personally, I don't need a whole bunch of advanced technology. Abs, traction control and power is fine. I don't ride much off road, and when I do it's hard packed dirt roads. The GS and KTM are just too much bike for me,and at a significantly higher price. And, that's not including maintenance costs. Hats off to anyone buying the Gs or Ktm and loving them- more power to you. I am happy the Vee2 faired well in the comparisons. I am very happy with my choice of the Vee2, and I am sure it will only get better with time.
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As I get older, I choose to live by the motto "keep it simple stupid". I just got off my Vee2 and it's second voyage. It is simple and rides great. I found myself focusing on the instrument panel to get familiar with it. I had to be careful not to lose focus on my riding. Personally, I don't need a whole bunch of advanced technology. Abs, traction control and power is fine. I don't ride much off road, and when I do it's hard packed dirt roads. The GS and KTM are just too much bike for me,and at a significantly higher price. And, that's not including maintenance costs. Hats off to anyone buying the Gs or Ktm and loving them- more power to you. I am happy the Vee2 faired well in the comparisons. I am very happy with my choice of the Vee2, and I am sure it will only get better with time.
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Nice find on the article.

I thought it was well-written and made sense, though maybe a little guilty of over-praising all the bikes. But that's better than needlessly bashing.

If anything, it reinforced what I already thought about the Vee2, which is a wonderful ADV value.

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I noticed that one of the three plus points was it's bright, dark-piercing headlight. That should help quite some of the negative comments people were making about the bike even before they got their hands on it.
Has anyone who has taken delivery tried the bike at night? How well does the new cyclops eye compare to the previous model or to other bikes that you've ridden?
I have ridden mine a fair bit the last week at night, great wide angle headlight. B?lows my other bike out of the water.

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