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post #11 of 21 Old 10-30-2019, 05:33 PM
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$17 or $25 with a souvenir T shirt is ridiculous?

Seems fairly reasonable for an excuse to actually get out from behind a computer and take a bike ride to be immersed in nice shiny new motorcycle stuff for a 1/2 a day.
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post #12 of 21 Old 10-30-2019, 07:09 PM
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If all this sounds bitter or judgmental – sorry about that - you missed my point. Point being – Strom owners unite! Our Strom’s will do all or almost all the “new” will – competently – with impeccable dependability. And why I so much enjoy riding one of THE greatest motorcycles of all time. Grom or Wing - I’ll ride with you anytime. Just try to keep up – OK? Thanks.

Just my .02… nothing more. Be safe out there everyone.

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I tend to disagree with you although our conclusions end up the same

I have put over 202,000 km on my 2006 DL650, over 139,000 km on my 2012 DL650 and over 205,000 km on my 2015 DL1000.

I would say the V-Strom, especially the DL650, is on of the most **average** bikes that exist.

There is nothing you can point to that is really special about the bike. It has decent performance (more so in the case of the DL1000), handles nicely, is comfy, is happy on paved twisties, unpaved backroads, city traffic, heading across the country, and just doing whatever you feel like doing.

We don't need to unite, we don't need to even worry about what others are doing or what new things come (although we will happily accept them!) we just go out riding. Short rides, long rides, nice weather, bad weather, hot, cold, whatever we feel like doing.

And that it s the strength of it: it isn't about the bike at all, it is about you, the rider, just out there riding any way and any where you feel like going.

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Vee or V= DL1000 before 2014
Vee2 or V2 = DL1000 2015 to 2019
Vee3 or V3 = DL1050 2020 to?

My Stroms:
2006 DL650: 202,000 km 125,500 miles, Sold
2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold
2015 DL1000 New July 2015 205,000+ km, 127,000+ miles.

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post #13 of 21 Old 10-31-2019, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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I tend to disagree with you although our conclusions end up the same

I have put over 202,000 km on my 2006 DL650, over 139,000 km on my 2012 DL650 and over 205,000 km on my 2015 DL1000.

I would say the V-Strom, especially the DL650, is on of the most **average** bikes that exist.

There is nothing you can point to that is really special about the bike. It has decent performance (more so in the case of the DL1000), handles nicely, is comfy, is happy on paved twisties, unpaved backroads, city traffic, heading across the country, and just doing whatever you feel like doing.

We don't need to unite, we don't need to even worry about what others are doing or what new things come (although we will happily accept them!) we just go out riding. Short rides, long rides, nice weather, bad weather, hot, cold, whatever we feel like doing.

And that it s the strength of it: it isn't about the bike at all, it is about you, the rider, just out there riding any way and any where you feel like going.

..Tom
Because I agree with you... mostly.

From my point of view on uniting... I believe the majority of Strom owners do find our bikes special in that they can adapt to almost any situation - capably, comfortably... what you said. What you suggest is average - I'm saying those averages are its greatest assets and do set it apart. After owning too many other bikes to count... maybe our Stroms are a "destination" bike. A bike bought... sold / traded... bought again? Maybe a "last" bike? Like mine is.

Just making conversation Tom.

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post #14 of 21 Old 10-31-2019, 08:22 PM
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Yes being average is it's greatest strength. It isn't narrowly focuses an therefore limited in what it can do. Rather it is broadly aimed so that it can do just about anything.

The result is that it allows the rider to do what they want with little consideration or concern about the bike.

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My Opinion:
Vee or V= DL1000 before 2014
Vee2 or V2 = DL1000 2015 to 2019
Vee3 or V3 = DL1050 2020 to?

My Stroms:
2006 DL650: 202,000 km 125,500 miles, Sold
2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold
2015 DL1000 New July 2015 205,000+ km, 127,000+ miles.

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Yes being average is it's greatest strength. It isn't narrowly focuses an therefore limited in what it can do. Rather it is broadly aimed so that it can do just about anything.

The result is that it allows the rider to do what they want with little consideration or concern about the bike.

..Tom
Well said.

Wing's, FJR's, GS's, AT's, everyone has their favorite and rightfully so. But few can say their bike does just about everything well. Enough said. Fixed your quote for ya.

G'day.

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I would say the V-Strom, especially the DL650, is on of the most **average** bikes that exist.
There is nothing you can point to that is really special about the bike.
Personally, I'd say that a 90 degree V twin engine is very special.
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I mostly agree with the OP. In the motorcycling world everything has become too powerful, too techy, and practicality in the so called upper echelons of motorcycling has gone out of the window in the most part. However there are still some gems out there.

I once answered the question "what is your dream bike". My answer was " I already have it, in several parts". By that I mean that I am fortunate to have more than one motorcycle. Each of them has a purpose but collectively they do absolutely everything that I need out of motorcycling. What more could one ask for ?

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What show?

Up here where the only two seasons are Winter and Highway Construction, the Twin City show at the Minneapolis Convention Center was a sure sign of spring, held this year the last weekend of January. The specific web page for the Mpls dates does't show which MC mfr's will be attending (yet), but the OEM attrition rate has finally reduced the show to where it's just not justifiable anymore for me. Ducati, MotoGuzzi, Triumph Ural, Aprilla Yamaha, and last year, even Harley Davidson was a no show. The "Lounge Area" had nearly the same space as the rest of the show. Admission & parking $26USD...Meh.

Haven't been to the Donnie Smith Custom Bike Show in late March for years. Rode there one time in an El Niño winter. Mebbe check it out again.

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It seems like every motorcycle I've ever owned is described as "not particularly great at any one thing, but good at a lot of things........"
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Handlebar - a seat - 2 wheels - motor. Seat is preferred but not required. Go ride.
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