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post #1 of 31 Old 02-04-2018, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
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Buying A V Strom, Some Advice Please

Good day everyone, I am about to buy a V Strom 650, I really prefer the 2017/ 2018 updated version but through exhaustive research I came across a new 2016 650 x abs ext, so it has 3 piece aluminum luggage, wire wheels and a bunch of other features. My issue is the looks and no traction control like the 2017 would have, I can save about $2500 buying the 2016 fully equipped ready to go vs the 2017 which I would have to get equipped by adding piece by piece to make it match the 2016 EXT. So for guys that have owned both or ridden both can you help me decide. Money is part of the issue but I don't mind spending the difference if it is really worth while.
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My opinion is "get the bike you want", don't spend a bit less if it isn't exactly what you are wanting. The new 17/18 in my opinion is well worth paying extra for, the re-design and addition of traction control is a huge plus for me. I have a 2015 XT and love it to death, but don't think for one second I wouldn't rather have the latest version of the XT.
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I'm just the opposite as BigB. My position is get the bike that suits you at the best possible price.

Re: Traction control - traction control is the least desirable option on my personal list as I want to be in control of the power delivery. Having to learn the settings and performance parameters seems to me to an unnecessary burden.

With the luggage considered, the '16 model sounds like a great catch to me.
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I was all keen on TC on my V2, but after owning it a while, and experiencing it in actual use, I have it disabled all the time now. Like BasketCase, this is not high on my list of wants.
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$2500 difference + another $1500 to get it the way that 2016 is already = $4000. That's perhaps 50% more for 2017. If the look of it and traction control is worth so much for you, go for it. To me it's just waist of money and I would rather go for nice 2-3 weeks road trip on 2016. But that's just me.
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It's a 650.. There's no need for traction control...

If you're like me, you'll get a lot nore enjoyment spending 2500 on moto trips than an extra 2500 on a new moto.

That would be more than enough to get you to Dawson YT and back (Dust 2 Dawson).


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Don't forget you'll want to keep a bit of $$ aside for improving comfort items such as seat foam, perhaps handlebar and foot peg relocation...

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It's a 650.. There's no need for traction control...

Roger that, it's what 70 horsepower?

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Agreed all around.

It sounds like it isn't just the TC, though. It sounds like you aren't a fan of the look of the bike. Fortunately, you don't see it from the cockpit.

You'll grow to love it. Personally I think they all look great, but that's a very subjective thing.

Saving 4-5k overall by getting it below list WITH luggage - that's priceless, my friend. Priceless.

I'm a new rider. I picked up an '11. I wanted ABS (standard) but thought that TC on my first real bike might be stupid. I still think that.

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It's a 650.. There's no need for traction control...

If you're like me, you'll get a lot nore enjoyment spending 2500 on moto trips than an extra 2500 on a new moto.

That would be more than enough to get you to Dawson YT and back (Dust 2 Dawson).


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Hmmmmm please explain that logic, loss of traction is loss of traction regardless of HP. As for my above comments, I am not saying the latest 650 is heads and tails better than the Wee2, but it just sounds to me like that is what the OP is really wanting. I am the kind of person that believes "buy the damn bike you want", why settle if you aren't 100% on board with it?
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