Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Innisfil, Ontario Canada
My first impressions of my new 1000XT
Absolutely LOVE this bike. I am so glad I did not do what I was GOING to do, and that is, buy the R1200GSA. After test riding the GSA, and now owning the 'Strom, I would have been pissed spending all that extra money for a marginally better motorcycle, but without the huge manufacturer support, and the huge aftermarket. Don't get me wrong, BMW pretty much made the Adventure segment what it is today, but the Japanese Four have a bigger network, and aftermarket. Plus, I can get the 'Strom serviced ANYWHERE. Parts are EVERYWHERE.
I was born to be on this bike. After years of trying different bikes; Enduro's, Crusiers, Naked, Sport Tourers. The V-Strom is by far the most fun I have had on a motorcycle, since getting my license way back in 1991.
I am thanfull that I bought the 1000. The 650 would have been more bike then I could possibly know what to do with, however the extra power, and the sort-of-a 'slipper clutch' just won me over to the 1000. The 650 is an awesome bike, but for me, IMHO, the 1000 XT was meant to be. Did I say I LOVE this bike!
2018 V Strom 1000 XT
Honda NX 125 enduro, Yamaha V-Star 650, Suzuki 1500 Intruder,
BMW R1150R, BMW K1200S,
Triumph Sprint ST 1050 (Caspian Blue), Triumph Sprint ST 1050 (Silver)