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post #1 of 24 Old 09-29-2009, 07:59 PM Thread Starter
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Dual Sport percentage 70/30? 80/20?

Rode the Vee down a sandy dirt road today and it felt right at home! The tires may make the difference, I just put a Tourance on the back and it handled great. I rode an XT600 in Brazil and the Vee handled just as good as my old XT. Maybe because I have ridden it so much and feel at home on it?

Anyway I believe that it is truly a dual sport with leanings towards the road.

I give it a 70% on road and 30% off road. What is your opinion?

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99% / 1%. I have had all of the offroad riding that I can handle in a life time. Don't get me wrong... I love offroad riding! That's why they make dirt bikes and trailers. The thing I like most about the Vee, as a road bike, is how high you sit on the seat and the standard foot controls. I once had an XT and that's where all this riding got started. I enjoyed having a dual sport bike when I was young and could only afford one bike. I look at the Vee as a street touring bike only! It's nice to know that if I have to go off road my bike will handle everything just fine. But I choose not to look for off road routes. Long live the Vee!
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Rode the Vee down a sandy dirt road today and it felt right at home! The tires may make the difference, I just put a Tourance on the back and it handled great. I rode an XT600 in Brazil and the Vee handled just as good as my old XT. Maybe because I have ridden it so much and feel at home on it?

Anyway I believe that it is truly a dual sport with leanings towards the road.

I give it a 70% on road and 30% off road. What is your opinion?
I think the answers to your question will be highly subjective. It depends upon a person's riding ability and their definition of off-road (or definition of a road).

I consider the V-strom (Vee and Wee) an "all road" bike. I have ridden dual sport bikes in places I wouldn't dream of taking my Wee. This includes through the wood and on rocky jeep trails that scared the piss out of me on my KLR650 (Black Bear Pass heading into Telluride, CO)

The tires you have on the bike will make a difference too. If you stick a set of Pilot Roads then the bike is nothing but a street bike that can be ridden slowly on a dirt road. Throw a set of TKCs on it and you have a different bike. To me, the beauty of the V-strom is that it fails to fall into a category. The bike is rather polarizing in that respect. Anytime somebody tries to pin it down, somebody else comes along to tell you how much they disagree with you. That is kinda neat if you ask me.

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Rode the Vee down a sandy dirt road today and it felt right at home! The tires may make the difference, I just put a Tourance on the back and it handled great. I rode an XT600 in Brazil and the Vee handled just as good as my old XT. Maybe because I have ridden it so much and feel at home on it?

Anyway I believe that it is truly a dual sport with leanings towards the road.

I give it a 70% on road and 30% off road. What is your opinion?
I think your problem here is definition

have you really taken the V-strom "off road"

what is "off road" to you, a sandy dirt road :rolleyes: not me, the Strom is great on roads with questionable maintenance, but I still consider it a road



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I think your problem here is definition

have you really taken the V-strom "off road"

what is "off road" to you, a sandy dirt road :rolleyes: not me, the Strom is great on roads with questionable maintenance, but I still consider it a road
I would not take a Harley or Goldwing down that dirt road. It could be done but very cautiously. I was doing 25-30 mph and was surprised that it was sticking so well.

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I have never felt the least bit of concern in riding the Vee through the deepest parking lot puddles, or even over beach sand blown across A1A during a winter storm. This truly is a versatile machine.

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I have never felt the least bit of concern in riding the Vee through the deepest parking lot puddles, or even over beach sand blown across A1A during a winter storm. This truly is a versatile machine.
It is a Sport/Touring bike that can do a bit of off road. There! That describes it.

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I am an avowed asphalt-weenie...figure 99.9% road vs 0.1% dirt. About the only time my Vee gets off a paved surface is when I put it in the front yard to wash it. For those that enjoy the dirt, more power to you...but I am most definitely NOT amongst your number.

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For those who doubt!!! Not my bike but maybe one day.....



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I am an avowed asphalt-weenie...figure 99.9% road vs 0.1% dirt. About the only time my Vee gets off a paved surface is when I put it in the front yard to wash it. For those that enjoy the dirt, more power to you...but I am most definitely NOT amongst your number.
some of us live where a substantial portion if not the majority of roads are unpaved. I don't have a preference for dirt, I just consider it to be a normal part of riding, not only the V-strom, any bike



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