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post #1 of 21 Old 10-28-2019, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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The following is a FWIW - nothing more. All you gear heads will be bored silly.

EICMA this…EICMA that…thank goodness I own my DL650. Ad nauseum – over and over again I read about all the new and improved motorcycles soon to come out. Teaser videos. Spy shots. Bigger – faster – better? OK – I get it. Marketing and sales. Profits.

Better? Perception or reality? Depends on which side of the fence you are standing on. If you are looking for bigger, faster, more gadgets, the motorcycle world is your treasure chest. Been there – done that. Happy for you. Maybe I’m just a little tired of all the hype???? New paint and graphics – new beak – new instrumentation – more cc’s – the wheels still just go ‘round & ‘round. Physics in the corners and highway speed limits still apply – always will.

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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post #2 of 21 Old 10-28-2019, 09:21 PM
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They are great bikes for sure! I am starting to really love my vee3.

I'm not asking for much. Just shave 50 pounds, add 30 horsepower and 20ft-lbs of torque, fix the windscreen, go throttle by wire, with a cruise module plug n play option, and an industry first magnetic infinitely adjustable suspension.

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Watch out or you may be castigated like me for Hoorah-ing the 650!
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Watch out or you may be castigated like me for Hoorah-ing the 650!
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Bring it! The truth doesn't need defending. Hey - buy what you like - like what you ride. The DL650 is one of the very few "stand alone" motorcycles. It's earned it's credentials. Not that I care one way or the other about this.

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The Cycle show is next month in Long Beach. They charge a ridiculous amount to look at products you can find on line or in the big box motorcycle stores in the area.
Besides, I'm not in the market for new. I'd like to get a new set of ear plugs but I'm not going to pay to get in and then pay for the plugs.
What are these consumers really thinking when they have to pay to see what they might want to buy?
Do you have to pay to go grocery shopping and see all the polished apples? Do you pay to get in line at McDonald's?
If you take the car, you have to pay for parking too. Such a deal!
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Sympathy here. Business forced the sale of my DL650. If not for that I would still have it. Now it looks like business might force the sale of my Vee2.

Both bikes were/are exactly as I wanted them. They didn't/don't need anything else to be perfect for me. One day I will have my last V-Strom for a very very long time and completely happy with that.
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One day I will have my last V-Strom for a very very long time and completely happy with that.
I hope that time comes soon Rick - everyone here would like to see that happen. This was my year to accomplish just that. Couldn't be happier. Can't go in the garage to get in the car without looking at my Wee and smiling. Yeah - truth is - I could be happy if it were not there. Almost.

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The Cycle show is next month in Long Beach. They charge a ridiculous amount to look at products you can find on line or in the big box motorcycle stores in the area.
Besides, I'm not in the market for new. I'd like to get a new set of ear plugs but I'm not going to pay to get in and then pay for the plugs.
What are these consumers really thinking when they have to pay to see what they might want to buy?
Do you have to pay to go grocery shopping and see all the polished apples? Do you pay to get in line at McDonald's?
If you take the car, you have to pay for parking too. Such a deal!
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They put on a show. That has costs. Tickets offset costs. Economics. Like a movie. Buy a ticket - be entertained. Shiny new toys!!! Eye candy. I'd go. Once.

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They put on a show. That has costs. Tickets offset costs. Economics. Like a movie. Buy a ticket - be entertained. Shiny new toys!!! Eye candy. I'd go. Once.

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I think you both have very valid points that are not incompatible or that conflict as much as it might seem. After going to two of these kinds of "shows" I will not go to another one without a compelling reason. But the people that put on the "show" had some pretty big ticket expenses. Those convention centers cost real money to rent and operate.

And there are classics and interesting customs usually at these shows. But having attended two I'm done. I don't regret going, but been there, done that.
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The motor home show advertises as free. The spa show may be free also. The home and garden show is free. Seems to me if Hondsuzikawiducatguzzbeemer wants to sell me a bike they shouldn't make me pay to see it.
These venues may be expensive but then they need to get creative and lower their costs. Since the Ducati/Gizzi girls were not going to be at the show I figured i could get the same lack of excitement at the local shop.
Like Rick said, been there-done that.
I might miss the globe of death though.
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