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post #1 of 18 Old 11-05-2006, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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Cool Motorcycle Addiction

So it goes like this:

Rode as a kid and in college - got married and away from riding for a decade or so...

Couple of years ago I get the bug - started with the Vulcan 1500 Classic which I still have and love it - with my many farkles it is a lot like riding a comfy recliner down the road!

Early last summer I bought my 06' DL1000 - love this bike as well - obviously totally different than the Vulcan - but because they are so different I talked myself into keeping both! Love the Big V as well...

Well, I can't seem to stop reading about, and thinking about other bikes! I can't afford to keep more than two at a time, but I find myself thinking a lot about the ST1300 or the FJR1300 or the BMW K1200GT - just the whole sport touring thing...

Anyone rode an ST1300, FJR1300, or the K1200GT as a comparison to the DL1000? There are many things I love about the DL1000 - but I really dig sitting on the ST1300, FJR and BMW's at the dealers!

Am I nuts? Do I need to attend a motorcycle's anonymous meeting or what?

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post #2 of 18 Old 11-05-2006, 10:17 PM
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the FJR is a bit more on the sport bike side, nice but more buzz and a bit small, at least for me. The ST is huge but very well suited for cross-country travel. 'Glass smooth with great weather protection and range. 'Too bad it doesn't have cruise because if you are going cross-country, that can be very handy. The GT has cruise as an option but just try to get one out the door for under 18K. 'Nice bike but grossly over priced and check into what the parts and service on that will run. Generally speaking, the better you get in any one area, the more you loose in terms of overall flexiblity. DL's (wee or he) can do just about anything fairly well. The one I'd be waiting to see is the Concours 14 due next spring, 'killer engine, shaft, hard bags, range and
weather coverage. My guess is that will be the sport-tourer to beat.
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post #3 of 18 Old 11-05-2006, 10:47 PM
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I also have an 06 DL1000 and rode an 05 FJR recently. I spend alot of my riding in town and short (30 miles) trips on the hiway. I like the low end punch of the V-Strom. The FJR lacked low end punch, nothing under 5000 rpm, but get above it, and hang on!! The FJR feels heavy compared to the V, but that would help with long distance touring but a disadvantage in traffic and around town. If you plan on a lot of big trips, dump the Vulcan, get the FJR and keep the V-Strom and have best of both worlds.

Good luck, Roger
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post #4 of 18 Old 11-05-2006, 11:42 PM
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I have a DL650 and a BMW K1200GT. So, I can not comment on the DL1000 directly. I can speak about the BMW however.

BMW costs a lot of money, true. Is it worth it? Well, is anything worth what it costs? I have seen a pile of BMW's will well over 100,000 miles on them. But, on a realistic note, I love my BMW. I would never tell anyone else to get one unless their heart is set on it.

I lived in Germany many years ago and got hooked on BMW's. I like the big four cylinder engine. It is so very smooth. I can come through town in sixth gear at 35 MPH and just roll it on and go. How they get so much low end is a mystery to me. The engine is so very smooth its hard to believe. The power is so smooth, starting down low and just building up as it goes. It is NOT a UJM with a peaky engine, its more like a tractor.

The BWM is not a light sport bike. It was, however, built to run the Autobauns in Europe. The German policed used the GT for many years.

I love my Strom and I love my BMW. They are both wonderful bikes and always thrill us on our rides. I do not try to compare them as they are two different machines built for two different purposes. The BMW loves the open road. Shes fast and stable, smooth and refined. The Wee V is my back road bike that we take exploring when we are not in a hurry.

Either bike is as fast as any sane human needs to travel while sill connected to the ground. The FJR and ST are just a bit less than the BMW and may be a better buy for most. Me, I fell in love with BMWs when I was 16 and just never got over it. I take care of my own bike and find that its no more expensive overall than on a UJM.

There is no one perfect bike. If there was, everyone else would be out of business.

'17 DL 650 Vstrom, Best value ride of all time. (replaced our '05 Wee)
'07 Triumph Tiger 1050 Feel the Power! Culled from the herd...gone but never forgotten.
BMW K1200 GT, Gone but never forgotten
KLR 650.....
BMW K100 RS, Beautiful German engineering
Husky 250WR, (1986) Last of the real Huskies made in Sweden
Bultaco's ...for those of you who remember....
A long list of so many others.....

Happiness is having a motorcycle with more power than you will ever need.
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post #5 of 18 Old 11-08-2006, 11:45 AM
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It sure does sound like you are afflicted with the dreaded "Multiple Bike Disorder" ! ! !

As a fellow sufferer, let me warn you about it - don't take anything for it, just listen to the calling inside!

Build a bigger garage as you will be adding more and more motorcycles to the herd!

I know!
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post #6 of 18 Old 11-08-2006, 12:03 PM
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I wonder if I have this affliction.

Currently in the back yard is a 1970 Yamaha YCS3C, a 1985 Honda Reflex TLR-200, a 1990 Fantic 249, a 1992 Aprilla Climber 280, a 2000 Sureco 290, a 1981 Honda CB900 Custom, a 1983 Honda Silverwing GL650, and a 2007 Wee Strom K7.

But I think I'm getting better as last month I got rid of a 1981 GS750 Suzuki and a 1984 VF700S Honda Sabre.


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1981 GS750L, 1986 Honda TLR200, 1990 Fantic 249, 1994 Aprilla Climber, 1984 Honda VF700S, 1983 GL650, 2007 DL650K7
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post #7 of 18 Old 11-08-2006, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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You guys have certainly made me feel better!!

I had an absolute perfect ride this morning - 65 degrees, no wind, sunny skies!

What more could you ask for?

So, I guess the only logical solution is to keep the DL1000, keep the Vulcan, and of course get either the FJR1300 or the ST1300!

Perfect, flawless logic!

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post #8 of 18 Old 11-08-2006, 07:36 PM
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Test ride a Rocket while you're at it.......
That's one good thing about Triumph dealers, they give demo rides.
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post #9 of 18 Old 11-09-2006, 07:06 AM
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Unhappy Mbd

A-h-h-h, yes..

Multiple bike disorder... Once you're afflicted it's a chronic disease kept in check only by keeping as many bikes as you can afford and have space for.

As a long time sufferer, I can sympathize with the predicament! At one point in my life I had 9 bikes in my garage! If you don't have an understanding SO, it can be very painful.

Good luck!
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post #10 of 18 Old 11-12-2006, 10:18 AM
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Keep going!

My mistake was reading an article in a magazine that said an enthusiast should have at least one of 5 different bikes.

The insurance is expensive, but I like each bike for it's own style, sound, feeling, etc. I would have trouble picking one as a favorite, but the Strom is certainly at the top of the list - almost sold the Superhawk when I got the Strom.

Unfortunately, work and other committments have only allowed limited riding this year but plan to take an extended vacation next year and do some serious riding - possibly a four corners.

The new rule is that I have to sell one if I want to buy one - but I am very happy with the current stable of rides.

2006 Suzuki Vstrom DL1000 (Red)
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