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post #1 of 14 Old 06-30-2009, 01:31 PM Thread Starter
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Question V Strom Touring ?

Alot of stromers don't go off road. They buy the strom because its got a great engine, great price,good aftermarket products and ugly(like a wife you get use to...and looks pretty after a while). 2 1/2-3 inches lower(tripling the number of riders but would NEED a HB riser back and up). Lower front forks(no front brace needed and front tires will last 3 thousand miles longer). Lower center of gravity(not so top heavy and easier to get back up after tipping over). 6 speeds are good (but a gear inicator and touring gearing are better). The lighter weight will get better MPG, more smooth ride and more tire life. There is no 650 touring bike out there anymore(this would fill a need and a large pricepoint and market needed)(direct fuel injection would give the bike more power and better MPG...a bike like this could get 80+MPG). And, with this lower bike, you don't have to grab your ankle and do the chicken hop to get your leg on the other side.

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Pretty cool and COULD be a replacement for my Wee, BUT that big arse can on the right side of the bike just won't cut it in my garage. In short I need the exhaust pretty much the size of the wee. I guess I'm "stuck" with the Wee. I don't know how I'll survive, :rolleyes:

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Alot of stromers don't go off road. They buy the strom because its got a great engine, great price,good aftermarket products and ugly(like a wife you get use to...and looks pretty after a while). 2 1/2-3 inches lower(tripling the number of riders but would NEED a HB riser back and up). Lower front forks(no front brace needed and front tires will last 3 thousand miles longer). Lower center of gravity(not so top heavy and easier to get back up after tipping over). 6 speeds are good (but a gear inicator and touring gearing are better). The lighter weight will get better MPG, more smooth ride and more tire life. There is no 650 touring bike out there anymore(this would fill a need and a large pricepoint and market needed)(direct fuel injection would give the bike more power and better MPG...a bike like this could get 80+MPG). And, with this lower bike, you don't have to grab your ankle and do the chicken hop to get your leg on the other side.
The V-Strom as an excellent "TOURING" bike... Lowered, check. HB Risers, check. Metzeler super long lasting 880's, check. 17 tooth countersprocket, check. 50.5 MPG over a 6000 mile trip, check. Yes I had to put a few bucks into making it a worthy "tourer", but folks spend 3 times as much on a "touring" bike like BMW or HD and still put a bunch of money into them to get what they want. As far as the chicken hop, this 5'6", 56 year old has no problem simply swinging a leg over the seat, or steppin through.

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That's just what I was thnking.

Or, God forbid, a Gladius.

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K9 Wee straight off the showroom floor.
Givi top box and panniers included in the deal.

Then I went for a fourteen day ride, almost 3000 miles.

The Wee is already a great tourer.

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There is no 650 touring bike out there anymore(this would fill a need and a large pricepoint and market needed).
Honda is going to bring the Deauville from Europe to the US to fit this market slot. It's a 700cc touring bike. Looks pretty nice, a little "scooterish" in the style department. Has good power for a 700, and a shaft drive, which I wish the Vee had.

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Honda is going to bring the Deauville from Europe to the US to fit this market slot. It's a 700cc touring bike. Looks pretty nice, a little "scooterish" in the style department. Has good power for a 700, and a shaft drive, which I wish the Vee had.

http://images.google.com/images?hl=e...ed=0CCMQsAQwAw
Boring looks and too heavy. The build quality will be impecable though given its a Honda. I like the Varadero better but its still too heavy.

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Boring looks and too heavy.
My pal Les thought about it, but got a Strom instead. He seems to love it.

Go hakafugu yourself.
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Honda is going to bring the Deauville from Europe to the US to fit this market slot. It's a 700cc touring bike. Looks pretty nice, a little "scooterish" in the style department. Has good power for a 700, and a shaft drive, which I wish the Vee had.

http://images.google.com/images?hl=e...ed=0CCMQsAQwAw
Sorry to ruin your ideas but they do not sell well downunder generally they are not regarded well Vstrom 650 kills it in any comaprision.

By the way if you drop one , you will pay enough money you think you bought Du Point's plastic business.

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