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post #1 of 22 Old 05-06-2019, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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base vs. XT vs. XT Adventure

I'm looking at getting my first adventure bike, and v-strom 1000 is currently tops on my list.. but Suzuki doesn't have a comparison chart for their trims, and it's annoying.. the details pages all just say "may include" and seems to list everything.. but want to compare value differences of going easy and buying up or buying base and upgrading accessories myself.. does anyone know where to find a chart with the actual differences between the trim lines?
i.e.:
1000: base
1000XT: same but more off-road ready accessories?
1000XT Adv: XT accessories plus hard cases?

Seems like engine, brakes, specs otherwise equal..

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In Canada the base vs "x" is just spoked vs cast rims.

Adventure package adds center stand, crash bars, suzuki aluminum side cases, and 4 lock set.

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Just food for thought and my 2 cents....

For well maintained dirt roads, the regular cast wheels will be fine.. Anything other than that and the spoked wheels are probably worthy of consideration.

Hard side cases are frowned upon by some offroaders because they can be bent/crushed enough in even a simple drop to affect their use plus some will say that they have contributed to broken legs & ankles when dabbing your feet and getting caught under the bag....

I bought an adventure model and quickly determined that I should have got the regular model and kitted it with more suitable accessories based on how I was using it... Would've saved $$ overall if I had....
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Just food for thought and my 2 cents....

For well maintained dirt roads, the regular cast wheels will be fine.. Anything other than that and the spoked wheels are probably worthy of consideration.

Hard side cases are frowned upon by some offroaders because they can be bent/crushed enough in even a simple drop to affect their use plus some will say that they have contributed to broken legs & ankles when dabbing your feet and getting caught under the bag....

I bought an adventure model and quickly determined that I should have got the regular model and kitted it with more suitable accessories based on how I was using it... Would've saved $$ overall if I had....
Good points! Never thought of the injury factor. They also don't look very 2up friendly with their size.

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If you find a good deal on the XT ADV, buy it. Sell the hard bags but keep the racks. Then go to Mosko Moto and get a set of these:

https://moskomoto.com/collections/mo...35-pannier-kit

Or Scouts if you are a light packer:

https://moskomoto.com/collections/mo...-side-bag-only

Due to the exhaust offset I have a Backcountry on the left and a Scout on the right. The bags are amazing and their backing plate bolts to oem racks in about 15 min. Flip a cam and the bags slide right off to carry away if mo-telling it. I can honestly say I will never own any other pannier brand.

As for the spokes, yeah harder to clean(once a year whether the bike needs it or not). But they will take a pothole or other unexpected road hazard better than cast, so to me they are worth it. Besides, spokes are a classic look and I'm gettin old.
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If you find a good deal on the XT ADV, buy it. Sell the hard bags but keep the racks. Then go to Mosko Moto and get a set of these:

https://moskomoto.com/collections/mo...35-pannier-kit

Or Scouts if you are a light packer:

https://moskomoto.com/collections/mo...-side-bag-only

Due to the exhaust offset I have a Backcountry on the left and a Scout on the right. The bags are amazing and their backing plate bolts to oem racks in about 15 min. Flip a cam and the bags slide right off to carry away if mo-telling it. I can honestly say I will never own any other pannier brand.

As for the spokes, yeah harder to clean(once a year whether the bike needs it or not). But they will take a pothole or other unexpected road hazard better than cast, so to me they are worth it. Besides, spokes are a classic look and I'm gettin old.
Those bags aren't cheap!

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Those bags aren't cheap!
Selling the oem ones should bring around $400.

Worth EVERY penny...but yeah I bought used ones
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Just food for thought and my 2 cents....

For well maintained dirt roads, the regular cast wheels will be fine.. Anything other than that and the spoked wheels are probably worthy of consideration.

Hard side cases are frowned upon by some offroaders because they can be bent/crushed enough in even a simple drop to affect their use plus some will say that they have contributed to broken legs & ankles when dabbing your feet and getting caught under the bag....

I bought an adventure model and quickly determined that I should have got the regular model and kitted it with more suitable accessories based on how I was using it... Would've saved $$ overall if I had....
I see no problem with the cast wheels, but I wonder whether they're needed for larger/heavier bikes? All the BMW heavy adv's seem to have spoked wheels.

Aluminum side cases seem to be super-popular with the BMW crowd, but I'll take my cheap, plastic Givi E36's any day.

Not only are they a lot cheaper to replace if I completely trash one, they're surprisingly resilient. I've gone down hard a couple of times with both side cases on. So far I've had to replace one latch, one plastic latch cover, and a set of racks, but not the case itself.

Have not yet had a case try to injure me, but yes, I'd rather have a plastic box run into me than metal.
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Selling the oem ones should bring around $400.

Worth EVERY penny...but yeah I bought used ones
The kit is high priced, but the individual bags are $200 a piece. Is the other $300 for the rack...?

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