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post #1 of 52 Old 06-24-2007, 03:33 PM Thread Starter
 
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What DON"T you like about your Vstroms (650/1000)

so I'm reading a lot of reviews about the Vee & the Wee online and the magazines and they get nothing but praises but I hardly hear anything negative except for small issues such as more power for the 650...flat spots on the 1000 but otherwise but that's only with some owners and not for everyone...

since owning your stroms, what quirks did you find along the way you don't like about it..?
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post #2 of 52 Old 06-24-2007, 03:40 PM
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crappy brakes, rough running at certain revs and floppy handling, oh and the fact that it makes yer bum go numb after about 250 miles in the saddle (shouldn't really complain about that one though should I )
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I heard HDs and Beemers are much better and cost less :-)

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Ok, I will bite... I know I am going to regret this... Let the flame wars begin.

WARNING: Keep in mind it all depends on what kind of bikes you have ridden in the past as to how much weight you put on anything I am about to say. If all you have ridden is naked dirt bikes most of this won't make a lot of sense to you. If you come from a luxury touring bike some of it might ring some bells. If your coming from a sport bike, or sport tourer then again different things might also ring some bells. YMMV, But that mumbo jumbo aside:

Both 650/1000: This bike is very tall and this creates aero and handling challenges. The bike has poor aero properties and turbulence and poor weather protection are part of the package as this isn't meant to be a touring bike or something that offers the protection of say a sport touring rig either. Windshield is useless for most people even with the adjustability built in. The tall profile of the bike means it catches a lot of air and if that air is dirty or turbulent the bike gets tossed around pretty good. The bikes overall weight is pretty low so it does mean the bike gets pushed around a fair bit on the road by winds and turbulence. So it seems to be a combo of tall and light weight that affects some of it's road manners. Seems that most complain about the seat on both bikes.

650 specific: The 650 is turning some pretty high rpms at highway/interstate speeds(bothers some folks like myself).

1000 specific: The 1000 is setup very poorly out of the box and will need a visit to a good dealer who knows what is going on for the first service to address the issues that are present out of the crate with the TBS and TPS.

Of course I will probably be chastised by the faithful here for pointing out the warts. Some of this can be addressed by mods, but some of it you will have to live with if you buy a Vstrom. All bikes have their issues, and the Vstrom is no different.

For the money I think you will find a hard time finding a better value for a good all around motorcycle. Some here will try to tell you that Jesus, Budda, Allah, or name your diety rode a <insert the Vstrom model here>, but it just isn't so... It is just a good motorcycle.

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Show me one bike that right out of the box doesn't need a few changes to make it fit a particular rider. There aren't any.

My ONLY complaint about my V-Strom, and I do mean my ONLY complaint, is that I don't have enough time to ride as much as I'd like. I've got it the way I want it, it does exactly what I want, and is as reliable as they come. If I had the choice to buy the same bike again I'd do it in a heartbeat.

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except for small issues such as more power for the 650...
This comment usually doesn't come from 650 owners.

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About the 650's power:

The 650 has all the power it needs and its lighter weight is nice, if I wanted another "hypersports" bike I wouldve gotten one. One thing you learn when you have more power than you ever could use is you dont need it!

As for other things about the strom:

My throttle is a lil loose and moves about 1/2 a cm side to side which isnt that bad just annoying and somthing I will get fixed at the first service.

Also Im getting a false neutral between 2nd and 3rd, has anyone else had this problem?

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About the 650's power:

The 650 has all the power it needs and its lighter weight is nice, if I wanted another "hypersports" bike I wouldve gotten one. One thing you learn when you have more power than you ever could use is you dont need it!

As for other things about the strom:

My throttle is a lil loose and moves about 1/2 a cm side to side which isnt that bad just annoying and somthing I will get fixed at the first service.

Also Im getting a false neutral between 2nd and 3rd, has anyone else had this problem?
Mine moves a bit side-to-side, but not that much. I don't even notice it on the road.

Re: false neutral- I had that problem with new boots. I was preloading the shifter between 2nd & 3rd. Once I made myself keep my toe pointed down a bit it stopped. I should adjust the shifter, but it's easier to just keep my toe down.

Yeah, I'm lazy.

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I have a Wee and I got more than I expected from a $6000 motorcycle. I have since taken care of some issues with aftermarket fixes. Madstad bracket and Givi shield. Mirror extensions and bar back risers. Bill Mayer saddle and a great suspension set up by a professional. It is now one of the best all around bikes on the road. I love it.
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I have a few niggly complaints about the Wee. The windshield and seat, 'nuff said.

What is really getting me down about it right now, though, is this vibration I get at 5000 RPM. I comes from engine and I can feel it in the bars and pegs. I remember it was there last summer but it wasn't a big deal. For some reason I seem to hit 5K a lot more this summer. I've searched the various boards but haven't found anything to explain this behaviour (it's not the chain). Also, the ticking/clatter sound at idle is just not cool.

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