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post #1 of 48 Old 10-23-2017, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
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What do you love about your Vstrom???

I took a long day ride in the Adirondacks yesterday. Beautiful day, got up to 72 degrees with a gentle breeze. Couldn't ask for more. Lots of bikes out, especially Harleys, with some adventure bikes sprinkled in. As I finished the day riding, I thought - How lucky I was to have found the Vstrom motorcycles (all models), and started a list in my mind of all the great things about my '14 1000: great acceleration, comfortable, reliable, relatively light, easy handling, great brakes, great ergonomics, no buffeting, fresh air that hits my chest in a good way, clutch that is easy on the left hand, handles bumps and uneven roads well, bullet proof engine and transmission ( even if it is a little clunky at times !).

Am I missing anything? What do you especially like about your Vstrom?

P.S. No wonder I cannot find another bike to buy. I have been spoiled by the Vstrom
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post #2 of 48 Old 10-23-2017, 05:41 PM
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First thing I noticed is twice the mileage of the Wing I sold. Second is half the weight. I really notice the weight reduction. I can still ride aggressively and as fast as the wing but I don't fear the dirt roads and believe me, Wyoming has a lot of dirt roads!. No regrets here.
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post #3 of 48 Old 10-23-2017, 06:10 PM
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post #4 of 48 Old 10-23-2017, 06:22 PM
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The fact that after 95k miles, I still get a smile on my face every time I ride away on it.
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post #5 of 48 Old 10-23-2017, 06:57 PM
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It's a nice switch from my Victory Vision - 1/2 the weight, similar HP; easy to work on, many parts available, great motor and transmission. Worldwide support (hopefully I will never need the support) great fuel mileage, if I drop it - so what - does not have custom paint or one of a kind 'farkles' and this community great Stromtooper community
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post #6 of 48 Old 10-23-2017, 06:58 PM
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Best bang for the buck out there.
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post #7 of 48 Old 10-23-2017, 07:50 PM
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Don't have a bike right now, but the thing I liked the most about my 06 DL650 was it's absence on a ride. Meaning, the bike gave such an excellent riding experience, it's like the bike disappeared and you didn't notice it. You just loved the ride. Everything about it just merged with the rider. I think a tool like that is a good tool; it just feels right and nothing bad stands out.

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post #8 of 48 Old 10-23-2017, 07:53 PM
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Basically that it's a blank slate the reacts brilliantly with the proper farkles. I love the fact that my v-strom was built for me, by me. It's been so much fun adding items that improve the bike and the ride.
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post #9 of 48 Old 10-23-2017, 11:08 PM
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Light (well it feels light), good power, agile, good on the street and decent in the dirt - it's what a motorcycles should be.
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post #10 of 48 Old 10-24-2017, 09:17 AM
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It's versatility. It does all that my riding needs require.
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