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post #1 of 99 Old 04-19-2014, 01:40 AM Thread Starter
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V-Strom vs. Cruisers

Hey guys,

I know I am speaking to a biased crowd, but there is a reason for this. I want to know your thoughts on taking a cruiser across the US vs. taking a V-Strom across the same (Los Angeles to New York). I am oscillating between either purchasing a V-star or Shadow, or a V-strom for this ride. Reliability and comfortability are my focuses. What is pulling me away from a V-strom is the cost. I get that you get what you pay for (as with everything) but I am trying to be cost conscience.

With that said, any opinions are greatly appreciated!!

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I think cruiser ergonomics are horrible for long rides, like lifting weight with your back instead of your legs and arms



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Cruiser is a big difference from lets say a bagger, a Goldwing or sport touring machine. Cruisers can be made to be comfortable I guess, but everything depends on the rider and how they are set up. A V-Strom and other ADV style bikes like it are superior in many riding styles and have "tons" of aftermarket goodies out there to make them serious touring machines. To me cruisers are one dimensional, they are for cruising and weekend rides and commuting. My opinion of course, but I would never own a cruiser EVER, I have been down the sport touring route before with a Kawasaki Concours 14, and it is one damn fine machine. Stroms and lets say the BMW GS, are the ideal machine for me and all the exploring and riding that I love to do, and I am hands down the most comfortable as well. You need to ride some bikes it sounds like, to really see what you might just like more than a cruiser. And cost of a V-Strom is expensive to you........seriously?

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I think cruiser ergonomics are horrible for long rides, like lifting weight with your back instead of your legs and arms
I would have to disagree. It all depends on your body type (what hurts and what does not) and the actual bike setup. I get severe pain in my hips on the V strom, but I installed some highway pegs and alls good now for long trips, on the otherhand I also have a VZ1600 (meanstreak) and forward controls with a Mustang seat (stock seat played havoc with my sciatic) and I've ridden 800+ mile days. You have to see how each bike 'fits' you. I also had a VZR1800 for a while, but due to the seat/ foot control position I hated it and to this day have pain from the last long ride I did ( 800 miles and 1 year ago)...
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And cost of a V-Strom is expensive to you........seriously?
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Yes, do you know something I don't know?
Well I know that when compared to most motorcycles, yes the V-Stroms are pretty cheap in comparison. Whether buying used or new, they are allot of bang for the buck when compared to the majority. Being we don't yet know your riding experience and what all you have ridden, all we can give are our experiences, and many of us here have allot of that.

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As an example of cost comparison, a new Kawasaki Vulcan 900 classic LT (for Light Touring) is around $10,000.00. A new 650 VStrom is around $8500.00. A Honda shadow 750 may cost less, but trust me, you wouldn't want to take one cross country. Even a 2014 1000 VStrom is "only" a shade above $12K, but a Kawasaki Nomad will set you back just under $18000. Granted, none of these bikes is cheap, but some are less than others. By the way, unless you are very long of leg, a 6509 VStrom is a very capable and comfortable for a coast to coast ride. If you want to really save money, there are plenty of used, low-mileage 650 VStroms available, and all years are reliable. A good '07 Wee could probably, depending on where you are, go for around $3500--$4000. That's not very expensive, and it would likely have some pretty good farkles, as well.

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As an example of cost comparison, a new Kawasaki Vulcan 900 classic LT (for Light Touring) is around $10,000.00. A new 650 VStrom is around $8500.00. A Honda shadow 750 may cost less, but trust me, you wouldn't want to take one cross country. Even a 2014 1000 VStrom is "only" a shade above $12K, but a Kawasaki Nomad will set you back just under $18000. Granted, none of these bikes is cheap, but some are less than others. By the way, unless you are very long of leg, a 6509 VStrom is a very capable and comfortable for a coast to coast ride. If you want to really save money, there are plenty of used, low-mileage 650 VStroms available, and all years are reliable. A good '07 Wee could probably, depending on where you are, go for around $3500--$4000. That's not very expensive, and it would likely have some pretty good farkles, as well.

Damn, I wish bikes here in Oz were that cheap.

The '14 1000 is $16k plus on roads here, and that is for the base bike without any extras.
A used Wee starts at around the $5k mark.

Any of the twin spark plug, ABS fitted Wee-Stroms would be great.

My '09 Wee has carried me on many long trips loaded with luggage without missing a beat, by long I mean 14 days/4,000- 5,000 kms per trip.

Far cheaper to run and maintain than my BMW R1150GS was while still being as capable on dirt, and more versatile than my Goldwing for taking "detours"... the 'Wing is a very comfortable and easy ride, but much more a "good tar" bike than an all rounder like the Wee is.

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I would have to disagree...
I was speaking in general terms, there are always unique factors, sport touring and adventure ergonomics are the most common choice among long distance riders

adventure bikes are most versatile for availability of touring accessories



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My DL1000 VStrom did quite well on it's first +1100 mile trip last weekend but I have to say for long distance riding I'm spoiled by my Victory Vision. Once I put a decent seat on the Vee it will be a close competition though. I really enjoy the ability to take those less traveled dirt roads on the Vee and the luggage capacity was more than adequate for a four day trip.

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