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post #1 of 10 Old 08-30-2013, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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What else do I need?

I started riding 2 years ago at the age of 38. I traded up to 2012 Wee in February of this year. I like looking at bikes, but I have a hard time seeing most of them do what my Wee can. Granted, my off road is limited to gravel, but other than that, there aren't many motorcycles on the market to match the Wee at its price point. Want to run don the block quick...it's easy to get out of the garage and head out. Want to go 1500 miles in 24 hours...no problem. I may buy another bike someday, but for the money, I love my Wee.

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I think it's a great looking bike as well.

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post #2 of 10 Old 08-30-2013, 07:47 PM
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I concur. I've ridden for 30 years, and I think I've enjoyed riding my 2012 650 more than any other bike I've owned.

Contrary to what a lot of members say, I don't think the V-Stroms are ugly. They don't have the beautifully elegant lines of a Vincent Black Shadow, but few bikes do. To me they have an adventurous look, like they are saying "ride me right over that horizon and just keep going...."

"No matter where you go, there you are."
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I started riding 2 years ago at the age of 38. I traded up to 2012 Wee in February of this year. I like looking at bikes, but I have a hard time seeing most of them do what my Wee can. Granted, my off road is limited to gravel, but other than that, there aren't many motorcycles on the market to match the Wee at its price point. Want to run don the block quick...it's easy to get out of the garage and head out. Want to go 1500 miles in 24 hours...no problem. I may buy another bike someday, but for the money, I love my Wee.

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I think it's a great looking bike as well.
Well said, and agree totally.

I think some owners get too focused on the supposed "problems" that the Strom has, and lose sight of its all round versatility.

It's not going to be the best commuter, it's not going to be the best tourer, it's not going to be the best off-road bike, but as an all rounder it is hard to beat! Especially in value for money.

I enjoy seeing how the bike can be easily adapted to suit the individual owners needs, and the variety of differently set-up Stroms out there is great

And most of all, the bike offers fun!!
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After having a fleet of BMW's I find the Wee to be all the bike I need for my satisfaction.
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It's a great all around bike. Just hop on it and go. It will take you anywhere.

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I totally agree. I've never given Suzuki a glance when I was shopping for a bike and then last year at the Progressive Motorcycle Show in Chicago I was waiting for my brother, who was looking at Kawasakis' and I happened to be standing right next to the Suzuki V-Strom 650 by the Suzuki area. I checked out the bike and knew the V-Strom 650 was on my short list. My V-Strom 650 Adventure does everything very well and nothing really bad at all. I like this bike much better than my BMW F800st and I thought nothing would come close to how much I liked that bike....My things have changed.
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post #7 of 10 Old 08-31-2013, 05:31 AM
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swore I would never own one...

After having five BMW's in two years I visited the bike show in NYC in 2012. I was going there to buy the new Triumph Explorer. Sat on it and it was top heavy without gas!
Walked around and spotted the new, at that time, 650 V-Strom. Sat on it...it felt great. Traded in my Triumh Tiger for it and have never looked back.
There are a lot of better? bikes out there to buy for around twenty grand or more. This bike is just a joy to ride...and move around.

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post #8 of 10 Old 08-31-2013, 08:24 AM
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On a recent trip I spoke with two BMW owners about how I might like to own one some day. They both were considering a Vstrom for their next bike. I'm over wanting a BMW.

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vstrom was on my short list, I knew I wanted something that would at least do dirt roads because there's a lot of them around here. I also really wanted something that would do good good/be roomy with a passenger which made the vstrom a little more appealing than some of the other bikes I was looking at.

I've always thought the vstrom was a nice looking bike, the first time I heard an ugly comment I was surprised about it.

as much as going fast is fun I really didn't want a bike that was going to be hard to keep the front end down.

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I like the new Gen II more all the time. Proof that the spec sheet doesn't tell the whole story. The new models are better in many ways than the early version. I even like the looks of them.

I have even found myself not hating the burnt dog turd bronze color of mine...

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