Somebody stop me - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums
General V-Strom Discussion Talk about all things V-Strom not limited to just one of the above models

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 12 Old 06-22-2012, 10:32 AM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
BillZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Danville, KY
Posts: 707
Garage
Somebody stop me

I sat on a Kawasaki Concours yesterday and fell in love. Now, I've got the itch...

"Not all those who wander are lost." J.R.R. Tolkien
DL650AL
LIMNCS #51
Shiro Nakama Shichi #007 :beatnik:
BillZ is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 12 Old 06-22-2012, 10:35 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
tiller4me's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Wichita Falls, TX
Posts: 710
Quote:
Originally Posted by BillZ View Post
I sat on a Kawasaki Concours yesterday and fell in love. Now, I've got the itch...
Do yourself a favor and don't test ride it. You will be hooked. I am about to sell my Gen 1 and plan on upgrading to the gen 2 within the year.

79 GS1000S
97 TL1000S
2005 DRZ400
2005 KDX220R
2007 DLK
2009 KLR650
2007 FJR1300
2007 Honda XR650L
tiller4me is offline  
post #3 of 12 Old 06-22-2012, 10:42 AM
FORUM GODFATHER.....R.I.P. PAT
 
greywolf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Evanston IL USA
Posts: 38,049
Garage
Test ride it on a potholed gravel road.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
See https://www.stromtrooper.com/general-...nicknames.html

Please vote in the poll on what Strom(s) you have at https://www.stromtrooper.com/informat...-you-have.html
greywolf is offline  
 
post #4 of 12 Old 06-22-2012, 11:14 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
eye.surgeon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Central California
Posts: 875
What he said.

Amazing, awesome bike for a fantasy world of smooth well-paved wide open roads. In the real world it would deter me from riding too many fun roads. Get it and keep the wee.

'09 Wee (sold)
2012 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring
2006 BMW K1200LT
eye.surgeon is offline  
post #5 of 12 Old 06-22-2012, 11:38 AM
Super Moderator
 
V-Tom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Port Perry, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 12,719
A year ago I spent four days (and 2,00 km/1,200 miles) riding in the Canadian Rockies on a 2010 Goldwing, and in January I spent a week (and about 3,000 km/2,000 mile two up) riding on a 2011 Honda ST1300. Both were amazing bikes and did what they did very well. I can understand why both bikes have loyal fans that would never ride anything else.

However, I really felt that they weren't all that versatile and limited me to relatively nice roads while on a Strom I can ride on almost any road without the bike holding me back.

There is no right or wrong, just a matter of what expectations you have for a bike and what you are going to do with it.

..Tom

2006 DL650: 202,000 km 125,500 miles, Sold
2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold
2015 DL1000 New July 2015 200,000+ km, 125,000 miles.

This can help preventing from cars pulling out in front of you (SMIDSY)
SMIDSY detailed report.


V-Tom is online now  
post #6 of 12 Old 06-22-2012, 12:28 PM
Living the Stereotype
 
Stromin'Nroman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Henderson County, NC
Posts: 11,543
Got the itch?

Try some of this:


Sent from my Hewlett-Packard 75C, using the Flying Merkel motorcycle app.

Stromin'Nroman NC28729, USA

DL650A K7 (Greywolf Moto Lab's R&D test mule) June 1, 2012 - present
DL650A K7 April 23, 2007 - January 6, 2012, RIP

"Look here brother, who you jivin' with that cosmik debris?" Frank Zappa, 1975
Stromin'Nroman is offline  
post #7 of 12 Old 06-22-2012, 12:35 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: South texas
Posts: 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by BillZ View Post
I sat on a Kawasaki Concours yesterday and fell in love. Now, I've got the itch...
In The past couple of weeks I've "sat" on a Connie Abs and a Multistada (OMG)! Stop me hell, someone please send me 40 grand.


+1 on buying it and keeping the Strom.
Warpdave is offline  
post #8 of 12 Old 06-22-2012, 12:48 PM
$tromtrooper
 
Supatramp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 720
Quote:
Originally Posted by BillZ View Post
I sat on a Kawasaki Concours yesterday and fell in love. Now, I've got the itch...
Quote:
Originally Posted by tiller4me View Post
Do yourself a favor and don't test ride it. You will be hooked. I am about to sell my Gen 1 and plan on upgrading to the gen 2 within the year.
If it's gonna be your only bike, you'll love it. If you can own a Wee & a Connie, your golden. I'm fortunate to have both. Did a 7000 mile ride last fall with the Kawi and really fell in love with it(Beartooth hwy was amazing)


Quote:
Originally Posted by greywolf View Post
Test ride it on a potholed gravel road.
I rode CR12, into Crested Butt, Co, which is hard dirt and ripely. Not the Connie's forte, but at slow speed was doable. A Wee would have been much more suited, but this had been my only dirt road of the trip.
Supatramp is offline  
post #9 of 12 Old 06-22-2012, 01:02 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
dkbellga's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Kennesaw, GA
Posts: 118
Check the maintenance costs and complexity...that may help.

Throw in the speeding tickets, rising insurance...you should be able to walk away now!

2009 Suzuki DL650A [For Sale Now]
2007 Yamaha FJR1300A [sold]
2004 Suzuki DL650 [sold]
<><
dkbellga is offline  
post #10 of 12 Old 06-22-2012, 01:51 PM
$tromtrooper
 
garandman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 4,198
Quote:
Originally Posted by BillZ View Post
I sat on a Kawasaki Concours yesterday and fell in love. Now, I've got the itch...
Go to a track day. Observe the few "sport tourers" that show up. Laugh at their lack of agility and cornering clearance. Move on. They would probably make sense if you spent your days riding back and forth across the country. I have a number of friends who have gone through the "sports tourer" phase for a year or three.

2012 Kawasaki Concours (AKA Gold Wing Junior) wet weight: 688 pounds. Do you really need a motorcycle with an electric windshield height adjuster, with memory?

That said, if you like it, knock yourself out. Suzuki doesn't have a shaft-drive "sports tourer" but they do have a "gentleman's sportbike" the GSX1250FA, basically the Bandit with ABS and GSX-R-style bodywork.

2005 DL650 (sold) | 2009 DL650A (sold) | 2008 Tiger 1050 ABS | 2012 WR250R | 2008 CRF100F

Last edited by garandman; 06-22-2012 at 03:45 PM.
garandman is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome