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post #1 of 18 Old 03-29-2012, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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Possible Uly to Strom convert...

Hello all,

Looking for a little advice -

I currently ride an '06 Ulysses and dig the ride but have decided I want to move in a slightly different direction. I dig the Uly but there are things I dislike such as:

Highway ride (wind buffering etc)
More street than trail

While I've read the many comparisons, I'm wondering what your opinions may be in my case - I'm a big guy - 6'5" 275lbs and one of the reasons I chose the Uly because it was a big bike. But the V (or maybe it's just me) seems to be just as suited, or maybe better suited, for a guy my size. Seems to be the same height but with a longer wheelbase.

Now I've got a chance at an '08 1000 Strom with 3500 miles and over $2000 in aftermarket trail accessories for just over $6K but I've only got a couple days to pull the trigger.

Thanks for your input and reading my rambling.
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post #2 of 18 Old 03-29-2012, 03:54 PM
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That is a nice price. Very nice. As for your questions, others here will have sound advice coming soon, I am sure. I've never actually even seen a trail while atop my k6, so no use asking me. Personally, I think the Uly is kind of just plain homely. The Vee is better looking. Good luck!

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A good buddy of mine switched from the Uly to a Veradero and after a swap of saddles last summer is reconsidering his choice. In his words, the Veradero was a much funner bike than the Uly but Strom is smoother and less "buzzy" overall.

I just smiled, smugly.

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Hello all,

Looking for a little advice -

I currently ride an '06 Ulysses and dig the ride but have decided I want to move in a slightly different direction. I dig the Uly but there are things I dislike such as:

Highway ride (wind buffering etc)
More street than trail

While I've read the many comparisons, I'm wondering what your opinions may be in my case - I'm a big guy - 6'5" 275lbs and one of the reasons I chose the Uly because it was a big bike. But the V (or maybe it's just me) seems to be just as suited, or maybe better suited, for a guy my size. Seems to be the same height but with a longer wheelbase.

Now I've got a chance at an '08 1000 Strom with 3500 miles and over $2000 in aftermarket trail accessories for just over $6K but I've only got a couple days to pull the trigger.

Thanks for your input and reading my rambling.
I am 6'4" and close to your weight, the Vee works real well for me, loaded up with camping gear and riding 2 up, the power delivery is still there....
3500 miles is nothing on these bikes, I have over 60,000 miles on my 09...

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post #5 of 18 Old 03-29-2012, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the input. I actually found that, after the owner gave me the VIN, it's a 2007 model. He'd not ridden it in some time and forgotten what year it was. Apparently it was purchased to adventure ride with his wife who had passed.

The extras, as listed by him are : "center stand, raised fender,
frt mud grd, radiator grd, side grds, bellie pan grd,chain grd, handle bar crash/brush grds,center handle bar, brushgrds on brake and shifter levers,
3 sets tires/full knobs, metzler karoos, stock units, heavy duty inner tubes, tubeless valve stems, leather side bags, elec accessory plug-in."

I'm pretty stoked and can't believe I happened upon an '07 with the above accessories and 3500 miles for such a great price.

gryphon51 - especially glad to see your post. One of my concerns was taking my wife on camping trips with it.
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Thanks for all the input. I actually found that, after the owner gave me the VIN, it's a 2007 model. He'd not ridden it in some time and forgotten what year it was. Apparently it was purchased to adventure ride with his wife who had passed.

The extras, as listed by him are : "center stand, raised fender,
frt mud grd, radiator grd, side grds, bellie pan grd,chain grd, handle bar crash/brush grds,center handle bar, brushgrds on brake and shifter levers,
3 sets tires/full knobs, metzler karoos, stock units, heavy duty inner tubes, tubeless valve stems, leather side bags, elec accessory plug-in."

I'm pretty stoked and can't believe I happened upon an '07 with the above accessories and 3500 miles for such a great price.

gryphon51 - especially glad to see your post. One of my concerns was taking my wife on camping trips with it.
Sounds nice, but I'm curious. Have you seen it in person or at least seen detailed pictures? Were any of the spare wheels spoked, or did he use tubes in the cast wheels (slightly unusual)? It's also a little different to see leather side bags on a Vee, they usually are metal, plastic or textile. And I don't think I've ever seen brushguard on the brake and shift levers.

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I'm a giant-- 6' 6" and around 3 bills--I chose the DL1000 for overall fit and comfort--there are a couple of easy tricks that make it fit a tall guy--and you will like the extra power on the hiway. But it isn't all that great for trails--it does well on gravel, but it you want a good trailbike shop for a cheap KLR650. Use the two together, and you will feel you have ALL bases covered.
I have a DL1000 K7 and an old cheap KLR and I am able to do any kind of riding and both bikes fit me so well I've never had this kind of fit before!
Buy em both used and you can have two bikes for the price of one. Used bikes usually have some farkles already.
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I went from an 06 Uly ( I was left sranded 3 times alongside the road with the Uly) to a 650 Strom. I miss the power, but most of all I miss the suspension of the Buell. It was much better than on my Strom. I cannot speak to the 1000 issue however.
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I went from an 06 Uly ( I was left stranded 3 times alongside the road with the Uly) to a 650 Strom. I miss the power, but most of all I miss the suspension of the Buell. It was much better than the Strom's. I cannot speak to the 1000 issue however.
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Most would agree the DL1000 has an advantage over the Wee in suspension. Mine is stock and I have neer wanted any mods for the hiway, which is where it gets used 99% of the time.
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