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post #1 of 25 Old 08-05-2017, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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Changing attitude

I was out the other day on a fire service road looking for a trail that leads to a hidden waterfall I had heard about. I came to the conclusion, I no longer enjoy sling a 640lb moto down a dirt road. Now, I just returned from a cross country trip and road quite a few dirt roads but I am losing my interet.
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Still liking the ergos of a sit upright bike and with many trips planned for the future ( old body holds up I hope ) Ha I test rode a MultiStrada
Wow. Kinda made me realise real quick what a lumbering, old school old girl I am riding. Don't get me wrong, I have spent 8 riding seasons and many dollars adding and or changing at least 20 things on this DL 1000 to make it a nicely equipped andjust right for me bike. but.............
The power, handling, braking, instrument cluster, cruise control 540 lbs ya da ya da ya da was an eye opener.
I am goona think long and hard about a new bike in the near future

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My Wee only weighed 500 pound when I first got it. With the top box on. What have you added to get to 640?
Old specs show 456 pounds dry. Motorcycle.com shows the weight for the 2015 V as "Standard." Ain't that helpful?
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The power, handling, braking, instrument cluster, cruise control 540 lbs ya da ya da ya da was an eye opener.
I am goona think long and hard about a new bike in the near future
Fun stuff planning a new bike. It always seems to boil down to needing two new bikes, huh. And even if you do that, at some point in every trip you end up wishing that you had brought your other bike.

You implied that you were old(ish). So if the money doesn't adversely effect your life go for MultiStrata S. You deserve a splurge. However if you would hold back to a 1200 (non-S), then you might consider the new V2. It is a different motorcycle than the one you have.

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My Wee only weighed 500 pound when I first got it. With the top box on. What have you added to get to 640?
Old specs show 456 pounds dry. Motorcycle.com shows the weight for the 2015 V as "Standard." Ain't that helpful?
Youa re right
Not sure what I was thinking
I think it is 458 dry
Meant to say 540lbs not 640lbs
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Fun stuff planning a new bike. It always seems to boil down to needing two new bikes, huh. And even if you do that, at some point in every trip you end up wishing that you had brought your other bike.

You implied that you were old(ish). So if the money doesn't adversely effect your life go for MultiStrata S. You deserve a splurge. However if you would hold back to a 1200 (non-S), then you might consider the new V2. It is a different motorcycle than the one you have.

It's like reentering the dating world. Have fun.
Yep, oldish, Ha!!
Problem is I never left the dating world, double ha That I have owned this DL 1000 for 7 years is a long relationship
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Getting on a new ADV bike vs a first gen VEE is a night and day difference. The new bikes are faster, feel lighter, throttle is smoother, plus things like electronic cruise control, 6 axis traction control, ABS, etc... it's drool worthy!

I want a new Africa Twin something fierce (in that white w/ gold wheels paint scheme). But I think to myself... its 12k for the bike. Then another 4k for bags, crash bars, skid plates, lights, etc... 16k for a new bike. Even if I sell my 05 for 6k, I don't see 10k worth of improvement. So for now, I soldier on with my "lumbering, old school girl"
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Old Vee 1000 compared to new Vee 1000 is apples to oranges, and yes the latest ADV machines like the Tiger, KTM's and Africa Twins are on a whole new level.
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Two of my old friends each have a 250 Yamaha as stable mates to the 650 stroms,the bad little one.They will run 70mph all day on the free way and leave us all in the dirt/gravel when it gets bad.
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You've been on the same V1 for 7+ years?
It's time to treat yourself to something. Either a newer big ADV-type bike or add a smaller bike to the stable.

For me, the V2 was a treat for spending years on an '06 KLX250(351) and '06KLR650, both of which have been built up to take dirty abuse. They are still in the stable and still get dirt time.
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