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Thinking of trading in my V-Strom.. 4 ST1100?

I am thinking of trading my V-Strom for an ST1100 if I can find one. Anyone ever driven an ST1100? How do they compare?

I love the Strom but the 6th gear overdrive bugs me cause I have to keep changing to 5th to keep it from lugging. Most of my highway driving has been in the mountains with 55 - 65 mph speed limits.

The Vee is great on the twisties and back roads it is just that I am driving way more highway than I intended. Maybe should of gotten a Gold Wing.

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I had a 2001 ST1100. It was a nice bike but there are some issues you should be aware of. They are rather heavy (and top heavy) and you will notice it after having ridden the V. They put out a lot of heat in the summer, which the V does not - and I live in a hot place. If you have long legs, you will constantly be bashing them into the fairing - there just is not enough room. They have a wonderful engine, great range and are very reliable. I got rid of mine because of the engine heat and the lack of leg room (I have a 32 inch inseam). There is no way I would trade it for my V. The V is more versatile and fun to ride. If you do get one, get a Clearview windshield and Laminar ears for a smooth air flow.
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I am thinking of trading my V-Strom for an ST1100 if I can find one. Anyone ever driven an ST1100? How do they compare?

I love the Strom but the 6th gear overdrive bugs me cause I have to keep changing to 5th to keep it from lugging. Most of my highway driving has been in the mountains with 55 - 65 mph speed limits.

The Vee is great on the twisties and back roads it is just that I am driving way more highway than I intended. Maybe should of gotten a Gold Wing.
Have you tried a gearing change? I hated my Vee's stock gearing but a 16t front changed the entire power band for me, I'm very pleased with it.

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When ridding backroads I rarely use 6th gear, you won't get any better milage, and as long as you're not going over 5-6 grand on the tach, no need to have to go into 6th. As stated a sprocket change may help you and would be probably less money than what you may loose by selling the bike. Cheers-BB

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Get a 1300.......and "why" are you using 6th gear so much, it is an overdrive gear? Let it rev.....life is good.

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I wouldn't ever consider going to sixth gear below 65 unless I'm driving dead flat superslab...scoot seems to be smoothest between 4K and 7K rpm
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I've had 4 ST1100's, it's a great road bike. Beats a 1300 all to hell for a road bike. I had an ST1300 for one road trip to Ca and sold it a month after I got back. The 11 is not as fast or agile as the 13 but a great bike. I would another 11 right now if they still made them.

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I had a 2001 ST1100. It was a nice bike but there are some issues you should be aware of. They are rather heavy (and top heavy) and you will notice it after having ridden the V. They put out a lot of heat in the summer, which the V does not - and I live in a hot place. If you have long legs, you will constantly be bashing them into the fairing - there just is not enough room. They have a wonderful engine, great range and are very reliable. I got rid of mine because of the engine heat and the lack of leg room (I have a 32 inch inseam). There is no way I would trade it for my V. The V is more versatile and fun to ride. If you do get one, get a Clearview windshield and Laminar ears for a smooth air flow.
I have heard those things before about the ST1100. The ergos on the Strom are the best. I will probably keep the Vee, It sometimes seems greeenr on the otherside of the fence.

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Have you tried a gearing change? I hated my Vee's stock gearing but a 16t front changed the entire power band for me, I'm very pleased with it.
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Had the ST1300 before the Strom while my buddy had the 1100. My 13 had lots of heat issues - none on the 11. I would consider the 11 to be the better of the two. Fantastic fuel mileage on regular fuel, unlike the 13 which was pretty good but used premium. Interestingly my buddy bought a KLR 650 when I bought the Wee Strom. Two weeks ago he sold the KLR and went back to where his old ST11 was still sitting - unsold, and bought it again. He obviously should have bought the Strom instead of the KLR - he'd still be riding it!!

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