I normally ride the vstrom only on weekends to explore local trails and fire roads but with all the recent rains in SoCal itís been sitting for months as many trails are closed so I decided to ride it for my daily 110 mile commute to my office and I regret it. I was reminded that this bike is not made for highway speed of 85mph, the lack of a fairing and small windshield just make it a fight to stay on the bike. I still love my Wee but my big cruiser is a way better commuter. I will probably hurt some feelings with this post.
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Agreed, That's why I don't have mine any more. It is an awesome machine and I miss it for local around town and back roads, but on the interstate it was lacking in performance, especially considering my weight and that of my gear. In today's society and with the current driving habits of impatient and texting commuters there is no better safety net than massive amounts of power on tap. I hated to sell my 650 but after several instances on the interstate where I just couldn't get out of bad situations I knew I needed something with a monster motor.
If You're Gonna Be Stupid, You Better Be Hard, because stupid hurts!
I no longer own a V Strom, but I'm still here because its the best bike forum going!
2017 VFR1200X Crosstourer (Chili)
2016 GL1800 Goldwing, sold good riddance.
2013 V Strom DL650 Adventure AKA Max, Fun, different, did I say fun? (traded)
2004 FLHTC Ole Red, all lower 48, several times (sold 180k miles did lower 48 four times)
1999 FXST Stage 4 Evo AKA Bitch Bike and holeshot king
1998 FXDWG Red Grey (sold)
1997 XL (Mom's bike)
1976 XLCH Iron Head (Leaker)
1978 ZIR TC (AKA Smoky) Rated "R" not for kids under 17 (Seized by father)
1976 CB 750 (AKA trouble)
1976 MT 250 Elsinore (My favorite, rode the country on a 2 stroke)
1974 CB 350-F4 (AKA Dog)
1974 Kawi 100E (AKA Sparky the mud bug)
1972 KV 75 kawi
1970 Rupp mini bike