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post #21 of 34 Old 08-21-2019, 10:11 PM Thread Starter
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I still have a couple weeks. If I can get a new Strom XT in the $7k range that's the route I'll take. If not, I'll grab the Honda. The Honda would be a buy and sell in two seasons to upgrade - the new Strom would is much more likely to be a long-term bike. I've kept looking at used but I can't warm up tot he look of the older Stroms or KLRs...at all.
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post #22 of 34 Old 08-21-2019, 10:28 PM
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the new Strom would is much more likely to be a long-term bike
Why?

I've owned 3 650s Vstroms and currently ride a KLR in Australia. The CB500x is superior for solo riding and can be modified extensively for better off pavement performance. with proven solutions.
$5300 for a farkled up 2017 CB500x is a lottery win.


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Don't think you will find a new XT for 7k cdn. But perhaps.... I'm very impressed with the value of my Vstrom, considering a new wr250r costs more

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The CB500x is superior for solo riding ....
Hey Macdoc, on that CB500x_ how many RPM does that bike turn at 75mph in high gear?

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post #25 of 34 Old 08-22-2019, 02:30 AM
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4750 at 60 indicated

Detailed review here
https://ridermagazine.com/2019/08/06...t-ride-review/

Versys 4500 and Vstrom 4400 rpm

https://ridermagazine.com/2017/09/14...omparo-review/

40 lb lighter
60 mpg real . I'm happy.
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It’s nothing against the CB, Macdoc - but it just feels so small when I sit on it that I can’t see myself sticking with one for too long. I’m not a speed demon, so the power difference isn’t a deterrent...I guess I should really wait until I have a chance to try before making statements like that.
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I'd certainly rather ride that Honda in an off road setting.

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post #28 of 34 Old 08-22-2019, 09:25 AM Thread Starter
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One major upside to the Honda dawned on me this morning. One thing I would really like is getting my wife hooked on biking as well - we're both big on camping, hiking and general outdoor adventuring anyway, and were she ever inclined to take up riding the Honda would certainly be a better suited bike for her to take.

I also have just had an option of grabbing a standard model 2017 Vstrom 650 (not XT) without farkles and 23,000kms for the same price as the Honda.

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post #29 of 34 Old 08-22-2019, 10:28 AM
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That would be an excellent bike for her but if you ride two up the Vstrom is the better choice.
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post #30 of 34 Old 08-22-2019, 10:38 AM Thread Starter
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Nothing simple, is there ;-)
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