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post #1 of 12 Old 12-20-2017, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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The looks

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I really fo like my 2016 DL650 and I think it i is a nice looking bike. Not in a supersport kinda way or a chromed cruiser way, but in a mad max untilitarin way.
I hear all the time people saying how poor they look and I disagree. It is not super exciting or fast, but for some reason it is one of the best bikes I have owned.
Though this topic would be interesting and fun. Please give your views
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post #2 of 12 Old 12-20-2017, 03:02 PM
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I've never got the whole "V-Stroms are ugly" thing. I reserve the word "ugly" for things like a blinged out 'Busa with an extended swingarm, or whatever the latest abomination that Orange County Chopper whips up in one of their fever dreams.

A V-strom's beauty (or the beauty in that type of bike in general) lay both in its utilitarianism and its potential. It's not about chrome, or paint, or style; it's more about the feeling it gives you when you see it. It's like looking at an old Remington hunting rifle that your Grandfather carried, your Dad carried, and now YOU carry; the stock may be a little chipped, and the bluing worn, but you know when you look at it that "this thing will not let me down". That reliance and dependability is what makes it beautiful, at least to those of us who value those qualities. When I looked at my V-Strom (and now my Super Tenere), I know that I can throw my leg over it and it'll take me from Deadhorse to Patagonia without worry. Nothing that reliable will ever be ugly to me.

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post #3 of 12 Old 12-20-2017, 03:26 PM
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Had rode both 650 and 1000 stroms of friends and demo rides and first time I wanted the smaller motor more so got a new 011 in 012 for Ky. to DeadHorse,Alaska trip. Smallest new bike ever for me.Had plans to sell it when back.IMO it was so so ugly. Had six Harley's and more sport bikes than any thing in over 30 bikes in 50 years.
Well after the 10,300 trip I still liked the little thing and while still ugly it was in a so ugly its cute kind of way like a long eared little pack mule.
It does more things good enough and lots of things good than any bike ever owned. Wife hates it even more since the boxes went on soon after I got it.It's so good for me with stock seat and bars as a tour bike and my big bikes have not been out of state but one time when the Wee was down for seven months. It looks just right dirty as hell and yells I am no poser to super clean tour and big on/off bikes.In 015 did a over 900 mile day back from Colorado and still felt fine after.Great little cute pack mules they are for sure and guess in that way they are kind of cute?
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post #4 of 12 Old 12-20-2017, 03:33 PM
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It's better looking than the BMW GS. See
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Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s

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post #5 of 12 Old 12-20-2017, 03:37 PM
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Agree but dam that front end works so good. If you could put one on the strom sure would not hurt its ugly and be so nice.
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post #6 of 12 Old 12-20-2017, 03:41 PM Thread Starter
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What an insightful view on beauty. I think I finally understand why I like the wee so much...
It is fun to ride, amazingly reliable and up for anything. Its purpose is its beauty.
I always intend to keep the bike for a year and upgrade, however I find myself being saddened by the thought of my wee and intend to keep it. I ask myself 'upgrade to what... a Ducati'. Ha ha ha
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post #7 of 12 Old 12-20-2017, 03:47 PM
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You said it so much better than I did.
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post #8 of 12 Old 12-20-2017, 04:13 PM
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I have one of the early, "fugly" 1000s. And I've ridden with a number of guys on much prettier bikes. When we stop somewhere, people will stop and look at the other bike, but no interest in the Strom at all. It's so backwards. The Strom will outrun, outcorner and is more comfortable on a trip than any of the others that are flashy, yet people don't know that and are attracted to the Harleys and such. The Stroms are beautiful in their own way. "They have a great personality." The raw beauty of a chopper is soon lost on a rough backroad. I have a friend who is selling his DL1000 in favor of keeping his fancy Harley, which was miserable for him to ride on Oregon backroads this summer. Amazing choice.
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post #9 of 12 Old 12-20-2017, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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Im not hating other bikes as I respect everyones choice and point of view. That said I rode to a harley dealership on my wee. Took a test ride and was glad I kept the wee. I find Harley to be crude, expensive and what they have in character they loose in ride quality. They are head turners though. At least everyone gets a good looks at them as they are so slow.
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post #10 of 12 Old 12-20-2017, 05:14 PM
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Functionally, I think the V-Strom is an amazing bike and I would not hesitate to buy another. I commute every day with it, do long trips on it, ride with and occasionally spank the sport bikes in the corners and take it places I would never dream of taking my other bikes.

But since this thread is about looks... I am firmly in the V-Strom is an ugly bike camp. It can certainly be made to appear less ugly, possibly even marginally good, but a stock V-Strom (to me) is one ugly duckling. The 1st gen bikes are just slightly better looking than the 1st gen KLR, which in itself is only marginally better looking than a Suzuki Savage. I specifically bought a V-Strom because I lived in a condo where bike thefts were really common and I thought that no one would ever steal my bike. I was right - over 3 years of living there, many bikes around mine were stolen, including some that were much older, had way more mileage or simply worth less, but they looked nicer and so they were stolen.

I also feel that when Suzuki came out with the Glee, they achieved the impossible and actually made an uglier bike than the 1st gen. I would have liked to buy one for all the functional improvements, but for me, the looks of the Glee are atrocious and I would have had to look away every time I sat on it.

I do like the visual improvements made to the 2017 DL650 models except for the refrigerator sized exhaust.
I'm not a hater either and like every kind of bike - even if I think it's ugly
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