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post #1 of 20 Old 10-28-2013, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
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V-Strom Info Needed

I am in need of some V-Strom help and figured what better place to get my questions answered than here. I am a rider who has been with and without bikes for 30+ years. I currently own a 2004 Honda ST1300 and am looking for something a little different. I live In Lubbock, TX and we have decent riding here most of the year and very frequently ride to work (75% of the time). I occassionally get on the road but never find myself venturing more than about 400 miles from home (knees bother me on long rides). When in NM and CO I often find myself wishing that I had something that I could ride up one of those logging roads / trails but am unable to with my bike.

The more I research them, I believe that the V-Stroms might be the perfect bike for me. I am somewhat big at 6'3" 225lbs with a 36" inseam. From what I gather the 650 and 1000 aren't much different in size and mostly the seat height difference is due to the 1000's seat being taller, is this correct?

I am currently leaning towards the 2012 & newer 650. I like the new look and from what I read it appears that Suzuki has made some fairly good improvements with the newer style. The 2014 1000's look to be really nice but I am thinking that I would like to get a bike now and would appreciate saving some bucks especially if the 650 will be enough.

I would appreciate any feedback from any of you Strom riders.

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post #2 of 20 Old 10-29-2013, 01:58 AM
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Hard to go wrong with the 650. It tours well, commutes well, and is sporty enough, as well, so long as you don't expect to compete with the liter bikes and sport bikes. I also owned an ST1300, so I know where your'e coming from.

The 650 VStrom is easy to live with. They're rock solid reliable and do all things well. There's a ton of accessories out there for them, and seats are easy to modify or replace. Lots of choices there, too. Gas mileage is good, as well. Like I said, hard to go wrong. I've never ridden one, but it's said that the '12/'13 models have better suspension and feel like they have a tad more power than the '04--'11 Wee's. Mine is an '09 and I can't find anything to complain about now that I've got a Russell Daylong saddle and a Givi windshield with Madstad bracket for it.

Have fun looking and buying. And you definitely came to the right place for advice. Lots of it here, mostly very good. That which is not very good, is still good.

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post #3 of 20 Old 10-29-2013, 02:21 AM
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Originally Posted by caprock View Post
From what I gather the 650 and 1000 aren't much different in size and mostly the seat height difference is due to the 1000's seat being taller, is this correct?
This is true for the pre-2012 DL-650 and the pre 2014-DL1000's. In fact the seats are interchangeable on those models, so a DL-650 with a DL-1000 seat is ergonomically identical to a stock DL-1000. But you might want to replace the seats with a custom one anyway so you can make it whatever height you want.

I don't know anything about the ergo's on the newer models though.

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post #4 of 20 Old 10-29-2013, 02:39 AM
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I'm familiar with the ST13 also, the Strom will be breath of fresh air if your looking for light and nimble with less lean.

I would guess your first impression would be how it moves around on the interstate. Coming off a heavy ST bike with great wind protection will be very different. These bikes move around in the wind more, but they are much cooler and lighter on their feet than a ST13. I have the DL1000 and like having the power, mellow over on STowners switched to a new DL650, you can find some reviews from the ST perspective over there.

I'm 6'-3" plus, just a touch under 6'-4" with a 34 inseam. You can lower the pegs for even more knee relief. Rox risers help get you back also. Personally my legs/knees are good, I'm only 36 and find the stock egros work fine. Its a mild riding position bone stock.

Coming from a ST bike I have to remind myself not to expect that calm pocket of air. And thats a plus in the warm months, the Stroms are airy and cool running. You just set up a wind shield for clean air. As a tall fellow I do OK with the 22" Madstad shield and adjust the Madstad bracket as needed. I adjust it up when its cold and down where the wind hits my chin when I'm hot. I can set it about two inches below my eyes and it keeps the bugs off. But I think these bikes bounce your head around some regardless, not bad though. I get on my DR650 when I get spoiled so I can be reminded what turbulence really feels like at 75 mph. :mrgreen:
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post #5 of 20 Old 10-29-2013, 08:54 AM
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I have an '05 650 and dad has a '12 650. Both great bikes. Both feel very similar and both have plenty of power. That being said we are coming off KLR650s so most stuff will feel like a ton of power LOL. But really my 650 will pull the front wheel off the ground faster than I care to. I'm shorter than you (5'9" -10") but weight 220 and have a 30 inch inseam. Seat height is decent for me. My legs are more bent than on my KLR but I have gotten used to it. I also had highway pegs I used on the KLR that let me move around while riding long distances. I have got to figure that out on the V-Strom still. Handle bar risers would be nice. All and all it seems like a great choice for me.

If you haven't already go sit on one. Take a test ride if you can. See how the 650 fits you. It may be perfect as is. Almost anything can be tweaked to fit you too. Or you may fit the 1000 better to start.,.As for logging roads etc...my 650 does't mind them at all.

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post #6 of 20 Old 10-29-2013, 09:46 AM
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Buy an older one put the heidenaur scouts on it

sell it in 2 years for only a little less

buy new then if you want
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post #7 of 20 Old 10-29-2013, 10:47 AM
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You should be happy with the 650. Of course at almost 500 lbs you will want to stick to the better logging roads but it will get you to them in relative comfort.

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post #8 of 20 Old 10-29-2013, 11:11 AM
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Originally Posted by caprock View Post
if the 650 will be enough. I would appreciate any feedback from any of you Strom riders.
a 650 is a 650 that is a 650. go figure.

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post #9 of 20 Old 10-29-2013, 11:20 AM
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Just a couple months ago I sold my 2003 ST1300 and replaced it with a 2011 DL650A. I loved the ST but it was time for a change.
I love the 650 "Wee" as well but I miss a few things from the ST:
  1. loads of power w/ torque to spare
  2. highway cruising speeds, being able to quickly pass a semi without downshifting.
  3. spacious luggage
  4. excellent wind protection

Do you intend to ride mostly in town? The Wee is excellent. Very versatile wherever you choose to ride it. It will still cruise easily at 80MPH all day long without complaining. However, if I were to ride interstate all day long I'd choose the 1000cc instead.

-Steve in Phx.
Current: 2011 DL650A, Honda XR650L
Lost Loves: 2003 Honda ST1300A, Kawasaki Concours ZG1000, Honda Shadow VT500C, Honda Nighthawk CB700SC, Kawasaki KLR600, Yamaha TT500, Honda XR75
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post #10 of 20 Old 10-29-2013, 01:23 PM
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I just bought a 13 dl650 and it so much more than I expected. It will cruise at 100 all day long, gas mileage really drops above 85mph. Wind noise was my only issue. I spent 200 dollars on the Madstadt mount and tall screen and the bike is perfect for me now.

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