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post #1 of 5 Old 09-05-2006, 03:41 PM Thread Starter
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The V Strom..trail boss no...gravel/dirt road king yes!

Hi all,

I just got back from putting almost 400 miles on my Wee-Strom all on gravel and dirt roads. Of course I had to cross a blacktop or use one for a short disrtance but I really wanted to see how the Strom worked on gravel. The reason I bought the Strom is for off highway use. Well it works really well. The weight balnce is good and I had no problem going 55-60mph. The important thing for riding on gravel roads is the feel you get from the bike. Imput form your hands through the front wheel and from you but through the real wheel is really important. The Wee gave me imput a plenty. The only downside is the stock tires. They work great on the strait, but throw in some steep downhill runs or curves on a loose gravel road and the bike gets a little loose. All in all, very happy.

Oh, I have a total of 520 miles on my bike I hope to keep it off highway as much as possible.

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post #2 of 5 Old 09-05-2006, 04:06 PM
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Try a Wilbers rear shock, it will work even better off road.
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post #3 of 5 Old 09-05-2006, 04:32 PM
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I'm with you man. All the dirtbike riders say "The Strom has no business on a dirt road." Balls. It handles dirt n' gravel quite capably. Not as well as a dirtbike, sure, but you can bring the kitchen sink along in comfort on the strom, then transition to flying down the highway at 90mph. Dirty Strom naysayers are selling the bike short.

My strom's dirt road powers give me a whole host of fun options for getting to work that I didn't have with my cruiser, and takes corners on paved road like a champ. Strom = awesome. 'Nuff said.

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post #4 of 5 Old 09-06-2006, 12:47 PM
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It's no motocross bike, and if you're jumping off 6 foot escarpments then it is the wrong machine. That said, the V-Strom (both flavors) are capable of going far more places than a lot of riders give them credit for. Not everything is either a paved road or a trials course. Funny thing is, whenever someone says it can't go through X, they usually mention someplace I've already been.

Sugar sand sucks, though. :P

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post #5 of 5 Old 09-07-2006, 09:15 AM
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I own a DL1000 and an XR650... The strom can handel smooth Dirt roads that are dry. the XR can handel ANYTHING. However the DL is a MUCH better street bike. Now if sombody could figure out a way to make a DL1000 XR I would be first in line...
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