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post #1 of 39 Old 12-23-2017, 10:14 AM Thread Starter
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Question 1000 vstrom vs. bmw800gsa dilemma

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I am moving to Costa Rica (rains 200 days a year, narrow roads, potholes). Currently own a 2015 650 vstrom.

Vstrom 1000 $19,500 naked will need to shed more $$ for fog lights, taller w/screen, bag attachments and engine protrction

Bmw F800GSA $20,000 just need to attach the bags... everything else comes with it.

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Beemer is taller (tippytoes but can be loered) and protection is good, surely maintenance $$ is higher than the strom.

Haven't ridden either.... which one would you choose??

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post #2 of 39 Old 12-23-2017, 10:34 AM
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Why not take your Wee?
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Under those conditions the BMW will really perform better. Don't assume maintenance costs are higher. I figure you will be doing all of that yourself down there anyway. Read the owners manuals for both bikes, do a bit of online research about stuff like checking valves, etc. and you might find there is little to no difference in that. The suspension on the BMW will be day vs night difference in rough terrain and it will be lighter as well. Fuel mileage may be a factor for you, check to see which is actually getting better mileage in your kind of riding.

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I rode an 800 with the low seat and it is only 33.5 inches. The exact same as the V-Strom 1000. In your case I would prefer the 21" front.

How about a Honda Africa Twin? More off-roadish like the 800 but bullet-proof reliable and has an adjustable seat.
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1000 vstrom vs. bmw800gsa dilemma

I have owned BMW motorcycles in the past, last one was a 2008 K1200S.
Great bikes, service is actually not more expensive then any other bike I have owned. Now, where the BMW falls down is getting service and parts. Finding a BMW Motorrad is not always easy, or seldom close by. Parts are not as readily available as the Japanese bikes. Also, you need to consider product quality. Suzuki quality is higher then BMW, by a large margin. All you have to do is look at the failure rates of BMW vs any of the Japanese manufacturers. BMW on the list of 10 biggest motorcycle companies ranked by percentage of product failures, BMW sits second last. Only Can-Am builds a lower quality motorcycle. All others, including Harley-Davidson, ranked much higher in product quality, with Yamaha at the top.


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Thanks for the answers, Wee is stayin in Ecuador until sold... bikes are much moRe expensive here so I would get $10 K of mine... which is half the price of a new one.
Will check maintenance.. there is a motorrad dealer in San José, I am sure is not cheap ��

Will try to get a practice ride on both to make final decision, and also,check the price of add-ons for the strom

Merry Christmas!!!!

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Sounds like you will need either bike lowered. I lowered my Vstrom 1000 1" with Soupy adjustable lowering links, and it made a big difference. I have zero issues with handling. I am partial to the Suzuki, due to its' reliability. I don't think I would purchase a bike if there was no dealer within two hours of where I live.

The newest 800GS has a number of refinements that I am sure make it an even better bike. The GS is a better bike off road, but I have also seen the Vstrom do great things in the dirt. The Vstrom 1000 has evolved into a fantastic and reliable bike IMHO. I don't think you will go wrong either way. It may be a matter of which bike gets you excited.
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If you are not doing distance why not switch out to a KLR650. Bulletproof, cheap and lighter or even a Honda XL650.
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A friend of mine just ditched a BMW F800. He found the motor was really buzzy at highway speeds. Something to consider.

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A friend of mine just ditched a BMW F800. He found the motor was really buzzy at highway speeds. Something to consider.
I have also read that the BMW is buzzy. That fact alone kills it, for me.
The Vee2 handles is very agile and will perform great on those narrow roads. Should you get out on the open road, the Vee2 is a great sport-tourer. Suspension, brakes, power, comfort, etc. all work together to make this a fantastic ride.
As you can see, my vote is for the Vee2!!
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