Freeway joy on V-Strom 1000 !
Just got back home from a ride into town on my 2002 V-Strom 1000. I live just outside of a small town called Toppenish, in the Lower Yakima Valley, located in the Eastern part of Washington State. My home is about 20 miles from Yakima, the largest town for some ways. I took a backroad in with lots of curves & such, then took the freeway, I-82 , back home.
For the first time in my motorcycle riding lifetime, (spanning a period of some 38 years or so), I really enjoyed cruising 70 MPH on the freeway!
Perhaps a bit of my personal motorcycling history, if you will permit me.I started out with my first motorcycle in June of 1972, a Kawasaki 120, a rather diminutive motorcycle in size, but I was so thrilled to have an actual real motorcycle, that I did not really care. (I coudn't believe my Dad let me get it, he would not even let me ride a bicycle on the road!)
Of course, that young, I just cruised aroung canal roads, ditch roads, trails, anywhere I could get where I wanted to go.
Next bike was just a year after graduating high school, a brand new 1976 Yamaha DT400 2-stroke enduro (for $1295)
Not much of a road bike, but a lot of fun. After that, it has only been thumpers, large 600-650 dual sports.
Anyway, back to modern times, about a year ago I had a 1990 Yamaha XT600 dual sport, my first electric start motorcycle. I just was not riding much off road anymore though & convinced myself it was time to try a large street bike-only motorcycle.
Searched Craigslist & found a very well-cared for, 1-owner, only 19,000 miles, 1980 Suzuki GS1000G with a full fairing & shaft drive. Paid $1500 for it & thought I would be happy.
What I came to find was that, like my dual sports, I kept wanting to shift into an imaginary 6th gear after about 65mph! Why Suzuki gears that GS1000 so low is beyond me, but it just never felt right. Also, I just missed having a thumper dual-sport something terrible!
So after a few months I sold it, bought a nice, clean 1996 KLR650. I liked having an agile Thumper again, but the freeway was a place I did not care for, the bike need that missing 6th gear just as bad or worse than all the rest of bikes I had.
So, a week ago, I took the plunge, sold my KLR, put some extra money with it & bought this '02 1000 V-Strom. FINALLY!!! A bike I truly love! This bike has been geared down one tooth in the front sprocket & added one tooth to the rear. (new chain at same time) Also, he did it right, showing me the electrical connection under the seat to properly "dial in' the speedometer so it will not be "off".
The bike seems to love 70 mph, running right about 4500 rpm in 6 gear/overdrive, which sounds/feels like the engine is just in its 'sweet spot', not wound out, not lugging at all, the "perfect place."
Anyway, I had a grin from ear to ear today riding home on my V-Strom. I will take this fuel-injected V-twin over my old Single Thumpers anyday!
Sorry for the length of this post, just felt like you guys were the only ones who would really understand.
Last edited by ZenRider52; 08-18-2009 at 07:41 PM.