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post #1 of 34 Old 07-04-2017, 08:37 AM Thread Starter
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Is Vstrom still the best for me ?!

'14 1000 with 30,000 miles. Wondering if I should get a new bike at the end of this season. I have searched high and low for my next bike. I cannot for the life of me find another bike that checks off most/all of my desires outside of the Vstrom (1000 or 650). Here is what I desire in a new bike - 500 pounds or less, comfortable, able to do at least hard packed dirt/unpaved road (no hero riding),abs brakes, upright seating position, not tall ( or at least be able to lower via lowering links, low suspension, low seat for my 29" inseam ), tubeless tires, smooth navigating in the twisties, at least a 5 gallon tank capable of at least 200 miles between fill ups, under $15k, electronic cruise control would be nice but I could live without it. I believe that's it. I have researched all the Japanese companies, BMW, Triumph. Won't buy unless there is a dealer in reasonable distance. Funny thing is, I come back to the Vstrom's. I was hoping that Suzuki would have further developed the electronics on the 1000, but it must be too expensive. I did love my 650, and would have no issues going back to a new Vstrom 650. I do like the new look. Any thoughts? Am I missing any bikes that meet my needs here?

P.S. I may be destined with Vstroms for the remainder of my riding days. ( not a bad thing).
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I went through this when I got the itch for something other than my '07 DL. After looking around and test riding a Tiger XcX I settled on the '15DL XT....no regrets. I added electronic cruise for under $200....won't have another bike without it. Life is short, so get what you want as long as you can afford it!

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I went through this when I got the itch for something other than my '07 DL. After looking around and test riding a Tiger XcX I settled on the '15DL XT....no regrets. I added electronic cruise for under $200....won't have another bike without it. Life is short, so get what you want as long as you can afford it!
Which brand electronic cruise. How does it preform, the good the bad?
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What's wrong with your current bike? Sounds like you already have everything on he list minus electronic cruise control which shouldn't be too difficult of a farkle...your '14 has 3 more cycles of 30 k of life in it...just bored with it? Expense of maintenance down the line pushing you to new?
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It's a Rostra Cruise & there are several threads on the install:

https://www.stromtrooper.com/v-strom-...te-wiring.html

https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl650-dl...l-fairing.html

I consider it's performance flawless above 50mph

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I think you should see what else is out there, I'm sure a Tiger or Tenere will make you smile just as much.

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'14 1000 with 30,000 miles. Wondering if I should get a new bike at the end of this season. I have searched high and low for my next bike. I cannot for the life of me find another bike that checks off most/all of my desires outside of the Vstrom (1000 or 650)..... P.S. I may be destined with Vstroms for the remainder of my riding days. ( not a bad thing).
I can think of worse destinies than to be "stuck" with V-stroms from here on out. Sounds to me like your current bike checks nearly all the boxes. I think you have a very nice bike now. Personally, it's likely I'll stay in the V-strom family, and I'll be happy about that. Your choice though. Best of luck regardless.
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Agree with Hokies in that I will most likely keep them at 71 now .Liked my new 011 got in 012 so much snapped up a one owner 09 with only 26,000 for $2,700. They feel nice and light for us old people.
Now have to sale my two RoadStars,800 C50,and Harley to lighten the passle and get down to two riders again to make wife happy!
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Sorry Fellow Stromtroopers,
Maybe I did not make myself clear. I am a huge Vstrom fan. Starting riding six years ago, and purchased a 2011 Vstrom 650 as my first bike. Having started riding at the young age of 54, I have been riding 10,000 miles per year in an effort to gain as much experience as possible. When I traded the 650 for a 1000 in 2014, I almost cried as I loved the bike so much. I have 30,000 miles of pure fun on my current Vstrom 1000. I am though, also human, and also of the male variety. Always looking for additional fun. My original post was actually a shout out for Vstroms, and asking if anyone had any other suggestions for different bike just in case I was missing something. Yes, the Vstrom 1000 checks off just about all of my needs. That's why I still have it, and love it. I also have a fantastic dealer just minutes from my home and office. I may keep my 1000 until Suzuki comes up with signficantly different specs, or trade it in over the winter for a new one ( love the yellow!). I am approaching retirement, and do not choose to have more than one bike in the garage. Otherwise, I would have a Vstrom 1000, a Ducati Monster 821, and a 250cc offroad bike.
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