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post #11 of 19 Old 10-19-2013, 12:27 PM
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The CG feels good to me. I guess if you came from a cruiser, maybe not, never tried a cruiser though. I've ridden mostly ST bikes like the FJR, ST11, ST13, C14 etc. Now those are top heavy!

The Stroms fit tall guys, I've always been attracted to the ADV "style" bikes because I'm over 6'. The Wee or the Vee actually feels very nimble and light at low speeds to me. But. what do I know... I like the Stroms better than my 05.5 KTM ADV.
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Not the right or ideal bike for allot of riders, yet they still buy it anyways.

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Agree. That is why so many older guys and women are riding cruisers, or...low CG bikes.
SAFETY ultimately is the issue.
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Not the right or ideal bike for allot of riders, yet they still buy it anyways.
Any ideas on why, especially with so many different alternatives out there?

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I just got a G650GS BMW a 650 single cus a deer killed my F800ST. The bike is a lot like the Wee Strom but seems lighter and I feel like I'm taller on it though I isn't. It is only 430 pounds full tank. Lotta single cylinder vibe though.
I kinda think my Wee will be the touring bike of choice. It's just so dang good at what it does. I'm only 5'7" and 29" inseam so some stops have me swinging my legs for a purchase on the ground.
I wouldn't change anything. I sure don't want to go the cruiser route, too limited in performance.
Folks probably get the Wee because of the price point. A great value for the buck!
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Because it is such a versatile machine, where many others are pretty much singular in use. They are relatively inexpensive compared to many other offerings "although the money toward farkles can add up", they are reliable and they are just flat out fun to ride. However......they are tall, and they are designed that way for a reason. Another issue is that too many owners "many inexperienced" decide to buy this machine and it is not a good choice for a first bike. Too many also feel the need to flatfoot as well, which is not necessary in the least bit. So these are a few good reasons IMHO why this is not the right choice for many riders, there is a good reason why so many drop these bikes. I for one have never dropped either of the Stroms I have owned, maybe chalk that up to riding experience or maybe chalk that up to me being 6 foot with a 31 inch inseam. Now going down in mud, water, sand, gravel......is a whole different scenario, but many drop their Stroms in their dang driveway or stopped at a traffic light for crying out loud. I do not find them top heavy at all at low speeds, but I can tell you that tires, suspension settings, and handlebars do make a difference on the Strom.

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Excellent points you make. I would, from my experience (have ridden about 60K miles in about 15 years of riding experience, having laid off about the last 12 years due to hand surgeries due to Dupuytren's contractures), agree with your statement that the bike is WELL suited to those with inseams of 30 or 31 inches minimum IF low speed balance is an issue. This is where the new Honda CTX 700 will shine: people like me, 60+ year old returning riders, or newbie riders, who place safety in the maneuverability of their bike, especially at the two critical points: stopping and starting (again, low speed). All humbly submitted, in MY opinion, of course. NO diss against the V Strom community. A GREAT all around bike, but NOT for short riders.
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I guess it's just a matter of perspective as I don't find the bike top heavy in the least. Of course my other main traveling bike is a ZG1000 and I also ride a DR650 and a DRZ400. The ZG1000 is top heavy. Ride something like that for awhile and you will think the stroms are nimble flickable bikes. Just beware if heavily loaded and have lowered pegs.

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I thought I would add 2 cents since I consider myself a "short" rider at 5'8", 29" inseam. For about $50 bucks and 20 minutes of time, you can lower your bike 3/4 inch up to 1.25 " with a lowering link, cut off the seat rubber tabs to achieve about 1-1.5 inch of lowering. Perfect for me. I have never considered this bike to be top heavy, especially compared to larger adventure bikes. Very flickable, like a sport bike. First gear is perfect with lower gearing (14T sprocket). A friend of mine is shorter than me and rides the adventure, but lowered like mine. I consider both of us to be experienced motorcyclist, but not to the extreme. I have also owned cruiser bikes, which are a completely different experience, other than having the same number of wheels. You buy an adv tourer like the Strom for what it offers, versatility. Obviously, not for everyone, but would say has to be best in class, barring the 800 GS and Tiger of course. Still smile everytime I ride her.

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