Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Jalisco, Mexico
Finding a used Vstrom fly in the ointment here in Mexico
Hi Guys, this question is going out to those of you who have or have had both the 650 and 1000 Vstroms.
I recently liquidated in Canada and moved to Mexico to live full time here. And sadly my bikes were also sold. Now I'm looking to obtain another bike cuz I just can't live without one. I've got a little Honda Supercub 110cc for around town but it's dangerous on the hwy because of it's 45mph top speed. I had bought a new Vstrom 650 in 2013. I've had big bikes like my Harley Davidson Road Glide, to in between bikes like my R1200-GS to my Connie and KLR. The KLR I did a 14,000 km. return ride up to the north shore of Alaska and back. Great bike but lots of vibration which was hard on my hands because of carpul tunnel sydrome. When I got the Vstrom almost all of that went away because the bike was so much smoother. Strange thing was I found the Wee easier to ride than the KLR especially at parking lot speeds - it was just so much more nimble and better balanced not being so top heavy. I loved the Wee but because of the move ended up selling it with only 600kms on it right after I did my first oil change on it. A very sad moment.
So here I am in Mexico looking to purchase a pre owned Wee but finding them difficult to find in the state of Jalisco at this moment. There are however quite a few 1000cc Vstroms available at higher price mind you but they are available.
My question is; for those of you who have had both sizes of Vstrom. Is there any reason to choose one over the other, other than power? Is the handling equal between the two? Suspension etc? I've not ridden the 1000 and down here dealers won't let you take them out for a test ride so I'm hoping you guys can give me enough insight to choose. I had originally had my sights on another 650 cuz I loved the one I had so much but now with the surplus of 1000 cc'ers here I'm considering the 1000 also. What say you and why? Thanks guys, I look forward to reading your insightful replies. Here is my previous Wee with Jesse cases.