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post #1 of 32 Old 10-06-2013, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
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New rider - Looking at a Vstrom 650 vs a Cruiser

Hi All,

I am a new rider and I have been looking for a bike. I am 50 years old and use to ride when I was young and I am just getting back into it. I am a big guy - 6'4 275 lbs and I am having a hard time deciding on what to buy. I am in the midwest if that helps.

I went to a Suzuki dealer yesterday and the guy showed me a 650 Vstrom. I liked it a lot but never really considered it in the past. I always thought cruiser due to some buddy's that ride harleys. The guy at the store thought it would be good to get me back on a bike to ride next now/spring and then decide on what I wanted. His thought was I would get back most of the cost of the Vstrom.

Now I know it's totally 2 different rides. (Yes, I have a license!) I liked the high seating of the V and functionality of it. I would like to go on weekend rides to more remote places that would be hard for a cruiser to do. (I assume there are groups that do weekends?) Or..... Get a Victory and double my payments.

Now near me is a 2012 Vstrom that is for sale. Is has 900 miles on it and is being sold by the second owner! That right there has me worried. He said he got it from the original owner and is reselling it. I might go look at it later.

So any thoughts?
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I would like to go on weekend rides to more remote places that would be hard for a cruiser to do.
There's your answer.

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There's your answer.
LOL - Ok that's easy! Now what do you thing about the bike I mentioned? Its pretty well loaded up and used they are hard to find.
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I've had both cruisers and a V-strom, and I can't see ever going back to a cruiser, whether it's another Harley or a Japanese clone. The DL650 is a lot more fun for me than any cruiser I ever rode. I may someday move over to an ST1300 or an FJR1300, but doubtful I'll ever buy another Big Twin.

Hard to say about the 2012 that's near you. The fact that it's had two owners wouldn't automatically disqualify it for me. You just have to go take a look at it and see how it looks.

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I may someday move over to an ST1300 or an FJR1300
I love my Glee, but I can also see adding one of these two to my stable in the not-too-distant future.

OP, find a way to test ride a Strom. You'll love the seating positing and do-it-all attitude the bike presents.

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I've had both cruisers and a V-strom, and I can't see ever going back to a cruiser, whether it's another Harley or a Japanese clone. The DL650 is a lot more fun for me than any cruiser I ever rode. I may someday move over to an ST1300 or an FJR1300, but doubtful I'll ever buy another Big Twin.

Hard to say about the 2012 that's near you. The fact that it's had two owners wouldn't automatically disqualify it for me. You just have to go take a look at it and see how it looks.
I'm going to look at it in a couple hours. I won't decide until I look at the bike and take to the dealer that sold it! Something seems a bit fishy about the guy. He said that he bought it 2 weeks ago from a woman that has a Harley and she didnt use it much. Could be. He is now selling it due to a "big fine" his company got.

He might be ok but I always have my guard up!
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I've just recently bought a 2010 650 (3-4 months) and love it. I also own a VZ1600 (had it for 8 years, very customized) and just had a VZR1800r and got rid of that to buy the strom. The main reason I got the strom is that I can ride it in crappy weather as I never ever take the VZ out in anything but dry sunny days (the bike has never been wet). But also it's light, ok relatively speaking, still over 250 lbs lighter than the VZ and being 'old' have problems with back, hips, knees and anything else that I wake up with in the morning. I love the VZ, I would honestly say it makes me smile, but the V Strom also makes me smile, if only for the fact that I can 'chuck it' around like a toy.
But ride, whatever you do just ride, enjoy the experience again, and above all don't be goaded into buying something that is beyond your control initially, bikes have changed alot and a 650 is about as easy as you're goining to get.
Oh, and don't let the 2 previous owners issue put you off, maybe they just never got along with the bike, it happens.
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I love my Glee, but I can also see adding one of these two to my stable in the not-too-distant future.

OP, find a way to test ride a Strom. You'll love the seating positing and do-it-all attitude the bike presents.
The biggest dilemma for me is deciding which one to get. Both have really strong things in their favor. The ST might have a few more nifty items, like an electrically adjustable windshield, but those extra items are also reflected in the price. Wish I could find someone who desperately wanted a Road King, and had an ST or an FJR to trade LOL!

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Decisions, decisions

Hi Jim,

Welcome to the forum. You should, of course, expect V-Strom-votes on THIS site. My advice is 'prioritize.' If you will do MORE riding with your Harley/cruiser buddies, you should lean that way. If you wish to go MORE places (i.e., without them), then bank the other way. I've had a wide variety of rides over the course of 45+ years of motorcycling, and love my Strom. But I have never been a 'group' rider, and have spent the vast majority of my many miles solo. Maybe the way to think about this, as a new(er) rider, is to remind yourself that it's hopefully not the last motorcycle you'll ever own. Good luck with your decision! (but... I'd go with the Wee). ;-)
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The biggest dilemma for me is deciding which one to get. Both have really strong things in their favor. The ST might have a few more nifty items, like an electrically adjustable windshield, but those extra items are also reflected in the price. Wish I could find someone who desperately wanted a Road King, and had an ST or an FJR to trade LOL!
I desperately want a Road King but I don't have any money and I'm not going to give you my Concours. Why not just send it to me for safe keeping? I will care for it and it will have a loving home.

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