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post #1 of 13 Old 05-16-2008, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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compare for me ??

I really want a V-Strom, but cant find a dealer in DFW who'll let me test ride. I can rent a BMW R1200GS though. How similar are the 2? At all? Should I skip renting the GS?
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Similar....Both have two wheels, two cylinders, and are fun.

Difference:
GS=More Power
GS=More Price to Own
GS=More price to Maintain
GS=More Options

V-Strom=Just as much fun...but less $$$

It's all in what you want to spend.

I'm just sayin...

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Similar....Both have two wheels, two cylinders, and are fun.

Difference:
GS=More Power
GS=More Price to Own
GS=More price to Maintain
GS=More Options

V-Strom=Just as much fun...but less $$$

It's all in what you want to spend.

I'm just sayin...

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I'm looking to know how similar do they ride, handle, mileage and such. If I like the GS will will it be similar to the Strom?

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I really want a V-Strom, but cant find a dealer in DFW who'll let me test ride. I can rent a BMW R1200GS though. How similar are the 2? At all? Should I skip renting the GS?
thanks in advance.
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i've ridden a GS. they are great bikes. here is some comparison impressions:

suspension ... i don't like paralever/telelever suspension technology on the BMW. it is very advanced engineering but to me the suspension, especially front forks, feel wooden on the beemer. i like the strom much better.

brakes ... much better on the BMW.

power ... equivalent.

handling on the road ... the BMW feels slightly more planted on the road. the strom requires some fine tuning, and even then it does not handle quite as good on the road in sport riding mode.

handling off the road ... i personally think they both suck offroad, but i think the strom sucks less. those cylinders poking out the sides of the BMW will really do a number on your shins.

easy to work on ... BMW is better, because the injectors, cylinders heads and other parts are easy to access.

reliability ... strom is much better. if you examine the BMW, it looks like it should be ultrareliable. bolts and castings are first rate. but the little niggling problem areas will drive you crazy, whereas the strom is pretty much troublefree.

cost of ownership ... if you decide to let the dealer do the work, the BMW costs literally an arm and a leg. easily double what the strom will cost.

purchase price ... do i need to go there?

there you have it ... my opinion. worth exactly what you paid for it.
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I really want a V-Strom, but cant find a dealer in DFW who'll let me test ride. I can rent a BMW R1200GS though. How similar are the 2? At all? Should I skip renting the GS?
thanks in advance.
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Does anyone have a used Strom you could test? That's how I test rode one last summer. It was an '06 with a Givi windshield and stock everything else. Sales guy took me out riding another used one, an '05. 10 miles of city street and freeway and I was sold.

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I agree with most of what TouringDude said. I would only add (although my BMW was an '02 R1150GS, not a 1200) that the Beemer feels like a much bigger bike than my Wee-Strom, not just in physical size and weight but in handling characteristics and even engine feedback (i.e., noise and vibration). There's no doubt for me that the 'Strom is a better choice, even if the prices were equal. Which they are decidedly not.
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I'm looking to know how similar do they ride, handle, mileage and such. If I like the GS will will it be similar to the Strom?
Ride: The Beemer is better if you are long of limb. The riding positions are similar, but the BMW is more spread out and is adjustable. If you are more modest of proportions, then the strom is better, but there is no adjustability.

As far as handling/ridabilty, that's kinda subjective. The suspension technology is very different as stated above. If you like the Beemer system, then it works well and life is good; if you don't, then it sux. Most everyone agrees the strom (either one) suspension is pretty bargain bin stuff and needs help. Brakes: BMW all the way. The BMW makes more HP and has way more torque than either strom. It vibrates more and because of the shaft drive and pancake cylinder arrangement, the power characteristics are totally different. Not bad, just different.

Mileage: Strom all the way. The wee will be close to 10 MPG better or more, but it's kinda apple to oranges because of the engine size. The Vee is still better, but not by a large margin.

Reliability: BMW is very expensive to work on, but easy to do; with the exception of the CANBUS system. The wee is pretty much a turn-key bike with its known limitations. The Vee has some rough edges, but with knowledge and some research, those can be overcome easily.

All in all, they are very similar bikes except for cost.


(FWIW: my knowledge base is because I own a vee and used to own a wee, and my riding partner who switches bikes with me rides a 1200 GSA and used to own a 1200GS)

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Ride: The Beemer is better if you are long of limb. The riding positions are similar, but the BMW is more spread out and is adjustable. If you are more modest of proportions, then the strom is better, but there is no adjustability.
i'm gonna have to disagree on lack of adjustability in the strom. you can adjust just about everything from seat height to handlebar height ... windshield size and angle. even the position of the passenger luggage backrest. all it takes is new hardware, and you still wind up much cheaper than the GS.
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I'm looking to know how similar do they ride, handle, mileage and such. If I like the GS will will it be similar to the Strom?
A co-worker has an 07 GS that I ride regularly. Better to find an owner in your neck of the woods and see if he'll let you ride it to find out how it fits and how you like the handling.

The 1200GS is much heavier and has non-standard switchgear.

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If You get over to the New Orleans area, let me know. I have a Vee and a Wee in the garage, you're welcome to try both.
Might be easier to find a closer owner though. Check out the ADV site, don't they have a map of their riders or something like that? Mabey we should try a members map. Didn't we do that once?
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