Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: San Francisco, CA
V-Strom question about exhaust heat
I have started to look for a new bike (should buy this automn or early in the spring). I currently own a Suzuki Bandit 600 1997, I have made alot of mileage on that bike, but I want something stronger more reliable and more confortable for my next trip (summer 2007). I am planning to go from Montreal -> Vancouver -> L.A. - Las Vegas and back home !
I have many choice for my new bike :
Yamaha FJR 1300
Honda ST 1300
BMW R1200 GS
I am, of course talking about the V-Strom right now ! I have 2 concerns about this bike, may be you will be able to help me :
1) Biggest concern : Exhaust Heat for the passenger ! We will be riding for long hours and for many miles. I would like to know how hot are the pipes getting for the passenger after a LONG run. Please, before anwsering, take a moment and ask you wife/gf/passenger. Since we all love our bike we all want to see it perfect ... but maybe its not; and your passenger is not complaining ;o)
I know that the pipe are not under the seat like many sports bike ! But on these bike, the passenger seat become really hot, not to burn yourself, but too hot to be willing to ride for a month on that thing. On the VStrom they are lower than that, but still higher than all my other options.
2) Minor : Chain drive, I have a chain on my Bandit and I need to oil it every day ! So I guess I would need to do the same during the trip. I guess there is no solution to this one, but its a concern anyway !