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post #1 of 30 Old 09-04-2014, 08:35 AM Thread Starter
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V-Strom 650 vs ???

Been taking a long, hard look at the V-Strom 650 (late model, used). It seems near perfect for what I need. However, like so many others, that seat height just might prove to be an in-sur-"mount"-able obstacle.

Whatever else I've looked at doesn't seem to quite measure up. I hate to ask such a blasphemous question here but:
I haven't found it yet but, does Honda, Yamaha or Kawasaki (or Suzuki) not make something (else) "equivalent" - with all, or most, of the Wee's features, benefits, capabilities and reliability - but with a somewhat lower seat height???

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BMW 650 might be what you are looking for.

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BMW 650 might be what you are looking for.
Yes, A friend of mine who is somewhat "vertically challenged" did just that. (G650GS) Physically, it's much less of a bike than the Vee/Wee, and is priced right as well. However, it's a 650 "thumper" which may or may not agree with your riding style or expectations.

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Irl it's a tad lower.
But!!!....
There's some other weird stuff about it and you can lower vstrom seating position a few different ways.
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The 12+ models allow you to sit a bit lower. There's also lowering links and a low seat as options to consider.


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There are more than a few threads on here about lowering the V-strom using lowering links. If the height is the only thing that stops you from buying one, then those might be your solution. Just query "lowering links" in the forum search engine.

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What about the Gladius - It's a bit lower and can be set up for some touring.

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BMW 650 might be what you are looking for.
Nice bike but, without getting into it, I'd prefer to stay away from BMW.

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Honda nc700x
Irl it's a tad lower.
But!!!....
There's some other weird stuff about it and you can lower vstrom seating position a few different ways.
I do love Honda, but with all those "But!!!'s", the nc700x isn't going to cut it.

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The 12+ models allow you to sit a bit lower. There's also lowering links and a low seat as options to consider.
I've sat on the new models adjusted all the way down. Also looked at the lowering links threads.




Thanks all but, as I suspected, it's looking like all roads lead to Strom.

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Well, you're sort of staying away from BMW, IIRC the F650GS has a Rotax engine, not a BMW one.

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What about the Gladius - It's a bit lower and can be set up for some touring.
I did look at it. Nice bike. Thanks.

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Well, you're sort of staying away from BMW, IIRC the F650GS has a Rotax engine, not a BMW one.
Again, without getting into it, BMW isn't in the proverbial cards.



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