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post #1 of 17 Old 09-06-2014, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone moved from another ADV to Strom?

Good day,

This is my first post here, but I use the same handle on ADVRider, and a few other fora.

've owned a few bikes - CBX550, FZ600, VF500 Interceptor, ZX-7, VFR800, R1100R, R1200GS-A, and a Triumph Explorer XC 1200 that is in the process of leaving my posesion (story here).

While I liked the GS for the years I had it, it was a monster - manoeuvring it around town was a bit of a struggle, and moving it around on the dirt/stone floor of my shed was always a core strengthening exericse. The Triumph was a bit shorter, a bit lighter, and had a really killer engine, but it's not working out for me.

So really, I'm done with expensive and complex exotic equipment that does not have strong dealer networks, where the nearest dealer is hundreds of km from me (ie everything European).

If I do get another bike, it will be Japanese, and I'm looking. Given the rareness of the Varadero and Africa Twin in Canada, and the price/weight of the Yamaha Super Tenere, I'm naturally casting a gaze over to Suzuki-Land as well as considering the KLR 650. A good friend owned a TL1000 and SV650 so I'm not unfamiliar with Suzuki V-Twins, but I've never owned a Suzuki, and will be going to look at a used 2012 DL1000 SE tomorrow.

So, any Stromtroopers out there had a similar journey, or moved over to Strom from GS, Explorer or other ADV bikes? I'm interested in your advice and thoughts on it.

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post #2 of 17 Old 09-06-2014, 08:51 PM
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650 Vstrom

I have had app. 15 bikes over the years. Just purchased a 12 Glee and quite like it. Prior to that had a 14.5 KLR , a 2000 GS 1150 and before that a 2001 KLR. The KLR is a simple reliable machine and the 2014.5 is an improvement in seat comfort and off road handling, but it still lacks on the Hwy, especially 2 up.
The GS was a great ride and I didn't even notice when I had a passenger. Handled even better than a Glee a low speed. But be prepared for glitches and a long wait for expensive parts.
So far the 650 V is great, just getting it set up for me. Nice to have something that seems bulletproof and comfortable, except for the seat....I'm working on that.
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post #3 of 17 Old 09-06-2014, 08:57 PM
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Had two KLR 250's and two KLR 650's... The Vstrom kills 'em... not even close. Thumpers just don't have the power and torque.
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post #4 of 17 Old 09-06-2014, 10:42 PM
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I'm new to the forum and new to the Vstrom. Riding 48 years, lots of bikes. As for ADV style machines, I come to the. Vstrom from a couple BMW 650s, an 1150 GS, a 1200 GS, a Tiger 800 Roadie and 2 Multistradas. I purchases an 09 650 recently. I've only put about 1,000 miles on it so far but I've got a week long road trip beginning this Saturday. That should be a good opportunity to get a feel for the bike. At this point I'm happy with the move.

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post #5 of 17 Old 09-06-2014, 10:54 PM
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This was the best adventure bike I ever owned if you live where the roads are good. Unfortunately most of us don't and the V-Strom is the perfect blend in my opinion.

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post #6 of 17 Old 09-06-2014, 11:31 PM
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More then 10 bikes in last few years of riding starting from small cruisers, biggere cruisers ( no more then 800 cc), then few sport-touring bikes (again no more then 800cc) and finally Suzuki era started: 2x Vee and now on my 4th Wee. I've considered GS1200 in some point, but by reading about them and seeing the costs of running it (my riding buddy have one) crossed it out of the list. In some point I was thinking about Something with more power. I was considering Triumph Tiger 1050, but the price and the dealer network turned me off. Then maybe Explorer, when I fund out about engine problems. And it is big mama... So maybe Triumph 800? Again dealers network + price + some issues. Nope. I got my next Wee with lower mileage then the previous one and I'm still happy camper. Never had any problems with them, pretty inexpensive to buy and run. No problems with parts either used or new, OEM or aftermarket. Specialy for the Wee. From my point of view it's still even better choice then the Glee considering all above. Good luck with your decision.

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post #7 of 17 Old 09-07-2014, 04:39 AM
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Originally Posted by newzhack View Post
This was the best adventure bike I ever owned if you live where the roads are good. Unfortunately most of us don't and the V-Strom is the perfect blend in my opinion.
So, what kind of bike was it? Got any pics of the bike?

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Focus your eyes lower down on the photo: its a KTM

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post #9 of 17 Old 09-07-2014, 12:07 PM
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It's been a while since I've counted how many bikes I've had; they were all dirtbikes or sport bikes though. Most recently, I was riding a 5th gen VFR, and I've still got an XR650 w/ a license plate (stretch to say it's street legal). Right now, and for what I do, the Vee is the perfect motorcycle. More than enough grunt to not make me want something else while running on the freeway, a comfortable riding position, easy to work on (you wouldn't believe how many fasteners Honda uses - even just to do an oil change), it's not pretty enough to worry about scratches and with the Two Brothers Pipes, I love the sound.

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post #10 of 17 Old 09-08-2014, 02:27 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the assists, folks. Looked at a 2012 V and a 2011 Wee today, and have to say, the feel of the Wee did it for me. Not feeling the love any more for the monster bikes (I never really used the 33l of gas my GS Adventure could take) and their height and weight given the type of riding I`m doing lately. Like many, I used to believe myself to be a "Prudhoe Bay to Tierra del Fuego" type of guy. In reality I`m a "throw my kit in the back to go back and forth to work, maybe blast some gravel roads on a weekend now and again when I can get away from the kids, job and HoneyDo List, and ONCE every few years, do a 2-3 day riding trip somewhere either solo or with amigos. For so many years I paid for, stored, fuelled, insured so much extra capacity over and above what I needed. Turning over a new leaf now, and looking hard and honestly at what I need out of a bike... although if I did find an early 90s ZX-7 or mid-90s FireBlade that wasn`t trashed I`d think long and hard about snapping it up...
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