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post #1 of 12 Old 11-10-2013, 11:47 AM Thread Starter
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Triumph Bonneville to V-Strom 1000?

Hello, all! I've been a Bonneville rider for the past year-and-a-half, but would like to move up to something a bit bigger/more 'comfy'. I've been a cruiser guy for most of riding career (Shadow 750, Victory Kingpin), but since owning the Bonnie I've become more interested in sport-tourers. (more 'tour' than 'sport'). Been considering an FJR or a Moto Guzzi Norge. But at a dealer last week, I walked past a V-Strom 1000 (2006) and the clerk suggested looking at one. Admittedly, I probably wouldn't have, but after sitting on it, I sorta liked it. Any current or past Bonneville owners who might chime in on whether this would be a good move for me? I don't have plans, necessarily, to go to the Grand Canyon (I'm in northeast Ohio), but on a couple of trips down to Columbus, especially on the interstate, I really fee 'beat up' on the Bonnie. I love it, but thinking about something a tad bigger. (but not, like BMW 1600 'bigger'!) Thanks for the input!

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post #2 of 12 Old 11-10-2013, 12:07 PM
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Pick up the Vee and you might change your plans for not riding out to the Grand Canyon!

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post #3 of 12 Old 11-10-2013, 01:08 PM
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I went from cruisers (Shadow Aero 1100 then a 750) to the Vee and will never look back.

The full upright seating position and forward controls were destroying my back. I went on a 400 mile jaunt on the 750 and had severe lower back pain for a week after. Not even the comfy mustang seat helped here.

Sold off the cruiser last fall and recovered over the winter. In hindsight, I should have gone to the doc, but he has a very non-motorcycle mentality... "You'll shoot your eye out with that!".

Come Spring, I jumped at the opportunity to get a 2004 Vee with 15000 miles. Bought an AdventureTech peg lowering kit, Sargent seat, and a Dynojet Powercommander. I am quite pleased.

A month after the purchase I took a several day trip from from lower to upper Michigan for a "tunnel of trees" tour. ~1000 miles and no bad after-effects. I believe the cushy suspension was the major factor in this. Plus I was able to stand on the pegs for any large bumps, something I was unable to do with the cruiser forward controls.

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post #4 of 12 Old 11-10-2013, 07:57 PM
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Well in my opinion have a test drive of a vee and you decide. I myself came from a steed and wanted a fjr or a V but I found the fjr to bulky and quite heavy, that is why I chose the V.
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post #5 of 12 Old 11-11-2013, 06:14 AM
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I had the bonnie and recently traded it for a 650 v strom , i'm glad i did , the v strom in my opinion has just has much poke even though its a 650 and the bonnie is bigger engine .

I'm finding i can reallly fly through the twistie stuff a lot quicker , on the wee its like its on rails , plus i get bored i can go down the fire tracks and dirt roads , where i often have to outrun the farmers dogs .

On the minus side , for me anyway its a tall bike , and i have to be very careful especielly on dirt where the ground is uneven , , the arm position on both bikes for me was the same , the flat bonny seat was HORRIBLE ,like sitting on a peice of wood , but the $350 King and Queen seat fixed that .

I' don't like the noise on the v strom but its from the screen which , i did'nt have on the bonnie , I really do like the v strom , so much that today i have done what i said i would'nt do and thats buy more parts to make it fit , I have already bought the lower seat , so today i've ordered the mirror extensions , cheap enough and i've read they help cut down on the noise , if they do great if they don't no big deal i'll see behind me better ,

I've ordered the lowering links because has much has i don't like doing it it will make it easier and more confidenc inspiring , I also ordered the lowering kit for the pegs , , these were little anoying things i found but once fixed i'm going to be very happy with the bike .

I still have the rocket tourer , and that is a lot more comfortable than the v strom . BUT its no where near has much fun , so for me if after i have done these CHEAP ajustments , if they make the v strom that little bit more comfortable , the rocket may has well go up for sale .

Only thing i will add is if its more 2 up youe doing , definetly go the 1000 . .
I do like the fjr and thats a itch that i'll probably scratch in a year or two , the fjr will be comfortable on the long hauls , but so is my rocket , but you don't have the same smile going round them bends , and lets have it right who wants to ride on straight roads if they can help it .

Good luck with what you decide , and you will find lots of helpful people here
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post #6 of 12 Old 11-11-2013, 10:15 AM
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me too, came from cruisers ie honda shadows, kawi mean streak, valkyrie and my lower back was toasted. i love the riding position on the vee and w/ highway pegs, madstad etc., i'm good to go for the long haul or short.

i coveted an fjr for quite awhile. they are nice bikes, but i'll stick to the lighter vee, 6th gear, and ability to ride the occasional dirt/gravel rd if i want to.
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post #7 of 12 Old 11-11-2013, 10:47 AM
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sold my yamaha R1 and got an 09 Vee...

So far, can't say enough good things about it. Don't have nearly the miles on it that others do, but my 4 hour ride yesterday was bliss compared to the R1. No aches, no pains, plenty of get up and go, and a darn easy driver...

Loving it! You will to
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post #8 of 12 Old 11-11-2013, 11:38 AM
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While not exactly the same, my prior bike was similar - 1200 Sportster. I traded it for a 2012 DL650 and it's much more comfortable and confidant on the highway, and feels just as powerful as the Harley, even with me (5'6" 155lb)and the wife (5'0" 120lb) on it.

The naked standard Sportster was a great bike but 70mph+ on the interstate for a while was very fatiguing. On the Strom I feel much more protected and comfortable.

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post #9 of 12 Old 11-11-2013, 12:10 PM
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I also have a bonneville. ..and I don't even consider it anymore when I plan my rides. Its the 650 vstrom. Better in every-single-way. My gf and riding parter extraordinaire has switched from "can we go home now?" (Bonneville) to.."do we have to go home now?" (Vstrom). Enough said.

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post #10 of 12 Old 11-11-2013, 03:47 PM
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Yep. My wife used to complain after 20 minutes on the back of the Sportster. This Saturday she rode the 650 for 3 hours and said she was comfortable the entire time.

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