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so ugly it's beautiful

i honestly never paid much attention to the "looks" of the vstrom, before or after i bought it. i bought based upon the research i did regarding long distance "adventure" bikes. simply, the vee was the best value and most reliable. i could care less if it can do deep sand, mud, or single track since i never had the intention to take it there.

anyway, yesterday having been simply a drop dead gorgeous day for riding in south florida, i took bluela out for a bit of a ride and wound up at a place called cafe 27--a well known bike hangout. mostly harley and sport bikes, but the odd touring bike as well.

i sat and watched folks milling about drooling over chromed out choppers and such, staring in awe at a rare-for-that-place gs-1200. yet not one person went over to look at my bike. made me happy, proud, and smiley. i could care less if people are interested in gawking at bluela. besides, less of a chance for someone to mess with it--if they ain't lookin, they ain't stealin.

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besides, less of a chance for someone to mess with it--if they ain't lookin, they ain't stealin.

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Cafe 27, not far from Andytown.

Do you remember Andytown?

Hacienda Village?

I always park next to chrome.

Kinda unavoidable, really.

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Tee Vee,

Do you know if Lox. Road goes clear through from State Road 7 (US 441) to US 27?

I was down there last August and that would have been a real handy shortcut for me around Andytown.

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Yep, the bike practically no one sees.

Several years ago I was coming back from the Western Sierra through the central valley. I stopped at a gas station to take a leak and rehydrate. Came out of the bathroom to find half a dozen Mongols just dismounting. One came up and asked me if it was my Wee then spent five minutes extolling it's virtues to his buds. Turned out he worked at a San Jose bike shop and was impressed with the reliability.

One of perhaps three times anyone has asked me about the Wee.

It's better this way, invisible to the thieves too.
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Strom - arguably one of the ugliest bikes in the entire motorbiking world. Having said that, this is what i tell my HOG buddies...you got your HD to make you look good, but I make my Strom look good.

That is all.

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i honestly never paid much attention to the "looks" of the vstrom, before or after i bought it. i bought based upon the research i did regarding long distance "adventure" bikes. simply, the vee was the best value and most reliable. i could care less if it can do deep sand, mud, or single track since i never had the intention to take it there.

anyway, yesterday having been simply a drop dead gorgeous day for riding in south florida, i took bluela out for a bit of a ride and wound up at a place called cafe 27--a well known bike hangout. mostly harley and sport bikes, but the odd touring bike as well.

i sat and watched folks milling about drooling over chromed out choppers and such, staring in awe at a rare-for-that-place gs-1200. yet not one person went over to look at my bike. made me happy, proud, and smiley. i could care less if people are interested in gawking at bluela. besides, less of a chance for someone to mess with it--if they ain't lookin, they ain't stealin.
ULGY BUT FASTER THAN THE CHROMED OUT HARLEY AND IT CAN GO ON DIRT AND GRAVEL ROADS AND FIRE BREAKS THE HARLEY COULD NOT GO.WE HAVE ADVENTURE BIKES FOR THE ADVENTURE.Even the little DL 650 can hang with the 1800 cc big boys but the DL 1000 and DL 650 can leave them in the dust trail on unpaved unimproved roads.

Go Look in the used bike sites how many Harleys are for sale then look for the VStroms very few are for sale ? people who own them tend to keep them.If I wanted a bike that cost big $$$$ was uncomfortable ,had lots of problems from day one ,and left an oil spot everywhere I went I would buy another Harley !!!!!

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I must be in the minority here; I've never thought my V-strom was ugly (I have a 2012).

I think the V-strom gets checked out far more often than my Road King. In a world of look-alike chrome wagons, a DL650 with big black side cases tends to stand out.

For flat out ugly, I'm casting my vote for a BMW R1200C, or maybe Honda's new F6B Goldwing. Both of those (to me) look like ideas that should have been left on the drafting board.

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Ammo cans makes it an even better looker
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Ammo cans makes it an even better looker
LOL, I did the ammo can thing for a while. Never quite got to where I liked them. Pelican cases (or in my case, Duratools) just seem to fit with the bike.

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