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post #1 of 29 Old 05-12-2008, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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Just how Top Heavy is the VStrom?

After reading up on a VStrom crash where the rider particially blamed the crash on the Top Heaviness on the bike. I have to wonder, just how top heavy is the VStrom. Is it a major or minor concern? Is it something I have to keep in mind every time I ride …like BMW’s final Drive issues….or is this really slightly overblown…like global warming?
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IMHO, It is over blown. It really does not seem any more or less than any other bike.
It is a tall heavy bike non-the-less.

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After reading up on a VStrom crash where the rider particially blamed the crash on the Top Heaviness on the bike. I have to wonder, just how top heavy is the VStrom. Is it a major or minor concern? Is it something I have to keep in mind every time I ride …like BMW’s final Drive issues….or is this really slightly overblown…like global warming?
People usually like to blame anything they think of other than themselves when they crash.
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It's not really top heavy at all.... Until we get on it. There is a tendency to fall into the corners with more ease after filling up but that's a good thing. Any noticed top heaviness goes away when under power. I only notice it when moving it around to back up or something.
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People usually like to blame anything they think of other than themselves when they crash.
Could be warranted though. I heard from my 900 number psychic that the oil companies hired sasquatch and the chupacabra to attack people on motorcycles because they get good gas mileage and don't fill up as often.

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I don't think it's top heavy but then my last bike was a Kawasaki Concours and I didn't think it was top heavy either.

Guess it depends on your persective, coming from a cruiser it may seem top heavy.

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I don't think the Strom is as top heavy as people think. Maybe the tall stance exagerates it from first glance, but to me it has enough ground clearance to get enough lean to make any slight top heaviness a non-issue.
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I've had 2 bikes...a 650 lb cruiser, and the wee. I was quite concerned about the "top-heavy" issue with the wee, but after riding it I think its overblown. It does carry a lot of weight up high, especially once you sit on it, but it manuvers well. I suppose if you are comparing it to other low-slung bikes that the weight would be an issue, but personally, I think it rides very nicely. Again...could just be that I'm a noob.

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After reading up on a VStrom crash where the rider particially blamed the crash on the Top Heaviness on the bike. I have to wonder, just how top heavy is the VStrom. Is it a major or minor concern? Is it something I have to keep in mind every time I ride …like BMW’s final Drive issues….or is this really slightly overblown…like global warming?
I've got a taddy-bit over 5,000 miles on my V and I've not had the first instance where I felt the bike was any more or less top-heavy than any other bike I've owned over the years. Ride safe, ride often.

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If any riders think the V-Strom is top-heavy I know they haven't ridden many bikes. Put your legs around a 700 or 800 cruiser that is low and let it get a bit over on you, even standing still, and you'll experience a bit of top-heavy when you have to call in the cavalry to get it off its side.
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