Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: plymouth, michigan
Only showroom floor testing for me! I sat on both, and the Vstrom 1000 definitely feels/appears to be a smaller bike - almost feels smaller than the 650 from my view at the controls! The S10 also has a similarly compact feel to it, but the sidepanels/radiator shrouds do make it seem a good bit bulkier, and it is noticeably more heavy feeling when sitting on the bike, moving it side to side.
I'm quite impressed with how 'small' they've been able to make the V2 seem, but it still has that very roomy feel that the predecessor had. Smoke n' mirrors, perhaps? But, I'm sure both bikes would exceed your expectation, and be fun regardless of the one chosen.
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