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post #1 of 14 Old 08-14-2013, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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Why you love your V-Strom (Wee, Vee & Glee)

Not sure if there was any old thread addressing this, but thought i would start a thread where everyone can share why (and what) they love their V-Stroms
I bought my '04 Wee last April from a guy living about 1-1.5 hours away. first time i hopped on it (coming from a CBR600) i felt its a very comfy bike, nice seat and upright seating position. was a little concerned as the street he lived in was unpaved gravel and never had i rode a bike on gravel before, but just found the bike riding along easily and quite stable. i've put some 3000 km (~1900 miles) on it so far, to summer it up , compared to the CBR:
-definitely slower and heavier than the CBR but still fast enough to enjoy it
-very comfortable on daily commuting and city traffic (ride it to/from work everyday).
-cruises on the highway smoothly around 120km/h (80mph) but above that feels like it needed a 7th gear
-i like the stock adjustable height windscreen, might not be the best, but definitely not useless like the CBR's windscreen
-rode it on offroad, gravel, unpaved roads few times and seem to beholding itself and stable upto 60km/h (40mph)
-gives a better feel/feedback of speed somewhat relative to car (on the CBR found my self cruising on the highway for a bit and when i looked at the speedometer i realized i was doing 170 km/h - 105mph without feeling it)
-i like that even at 6th gear cruising on the highway, it still got some torque to pull u off when u open the throttle trying to over take someone)
-i really like thats it pretty stable at very low speed and doesnt feel like its stuttering or about to stall

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post #2 of 14 Old 08-14-2013, 11:43 AM
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1. Ergonomics. Perfect riding position.
2. Comfy seat (for me) from the factory. No major complaints from the tush, even after a 1,040-mile, 19-hour day.
3. More than adequate handling in the twisties.
4. Light weight compared to other bikes that are as competent.
5. Price.
6. Two-up capability.
7. Sounds great while decelerating.
8. Great aftermarket support.

Those are the pros, as I see them after 6 months on my '12 Vee. Since this is all about why we love our V-Stroms, I'll keep the cons to myself. :mrgreen:

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Glee

Pros:
Inexpensive to buy and own.
Very dependable
Comfortable seating position (for the most part)
Nimble
Versatile (sport touring, commuting, light off road)
Tons of farkles are available to make it even better.

Cons:
Could use a little more power.
Needs a little more wind protection.
Needs higher upper gear ratios.

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I spend very little time working on it which means more time to ride it.

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Its not a cruiser or sportbikr. It is therefore very different than anything anyone I know rides. I love being unique.

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That's a tough question.

I would sum it up as versatility.

A lot of the attributes posted above are meaningless to me. The strom does not excel in any one category but is good in almost all of them.

Kinda like a pair of quality jeans.

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1. More capable than most think. I love going around the outside of sportsbikes in the tight twisty corners...

2. Easy to change the look of the bike...



3. Can be a capable off road machine, tourer, motard or commuter in one bike.

4. Easy to work on
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+1 to the versatility.

It'll basically do everything I want to do at a proficiency level that is more than adequate to my own skills.

I ride to work every day of the week and it's nimble, comfortable and reliable enough to survive without overheating or getting fussy in extremely hot weather and bumper-to-bumper traffic. Slipping the clutch for two hours in first and second gear doesn't wear out the muscles in my clutch hand, nor the clutch, apparently. Then, to decompress from that on the weekend....

- I can hit the highway and boogie out of town with all the other traffic at 75-80MPH just fine until I'm far enough out in the boondocks to choose an exit that looks promising....

- From there I can find a tasty two- or even single-lane blacktop that snakes its way back into the hills, and have tons of fun in the twisties...also it was a great bike to take the Lee Parks Total Control class in, and I love keeping those skills sharp as well as riding "The Pace" on this bike...

- When I get tired of that it's time to find a fire road and see what trouble I can get into, as long as it's not boulders and chunky stuff, but I've pulled off some thigns that really surprised me (and I woudln't do again in hindsight) which means I usually come home with a HUGE grin on my face and some fantastic riding memories that I will reflect on for my lifetime...

- When its time to go home, I get to turn around and do all the above again in reverse order!!!!

This frikkin' bike is amazing, even after 4 years and 36K+ miles of the above.....


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Because while it's not the best at any single function, combined it does everything fantastically
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I've had my 2012 Glee Adventure for 3 weeks now and there are several things I love/like about this bike. Here they are in no order.

1. Very inexpensive to own (Insurance, payments, fuel, etc).
2. Love the riding position
3. Top heavier than most bikes but doesn't feel that way even at slower speeds.
4. Great support group/Forums
5. I got mine at a great price AND 0% financing.
6. I like the hard boxes...lots of room.
7. Easy to farkle and not cost me and arm and a leg.
8. Inexpensive parts (i.e. oil filters, tires etc).
9. Good torque and horsepower for a 650.
10. I can go on long distance ride and not feel like I got the (&#@! beat out of me when I'm done.
11. Suzuki dealerships are just about everywhere.....Great dealer network.
12. Great fuel economy...I'm getting just over 51 m.p.g.
###And the most important thing I like/love about my 2102 Glee ADV.###
After 3 weeks and 783 miles it still has that new motorcycle smell!
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