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post #1 of 9 Old 11-24-2006, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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The Bike That Keeps On Giving

I had a great Thanksgiving ride yesterday.

The roads were practically deserted, all the stores were closed and everybody was in their homes doing the family thing. I went out about 10am amd got back around 4pm.

It continues to amaze me how the V-Strom just keeps on giving. Everytime I think I've found the edge of the envelope, the envelope turns out to be bigger than I thought it was!

Here in the Ozarks we have a lot of twisty pavement, every kind of curve imaginable. Yesterday I had a chance to push it harder and longer than since I rode it home, with no cars to be stuck behind.

First there are the long, uphill sweepers, the kind where you have two lanes going up for passing slower trucks and such. Lots of room for a good line. My DL650K7 is pretty well broke in now, so I was using my gears for a change, instead of just leaving it in 5th or 6th. Finding the power band and sweeping the tach, hanging off a little and taking the 45mph curves at over 90mph, no problem at all. It didn't even feel edgy or hairy one bit, and I'm sure I could have gone harder. The way the power just keeps coming as you roll on the throttle, accelerating up the mountain, it sure doesn't feel like a mere 650!

Then there are the tight twisties, where the "flickability" comes into play. Again I was amazed at how this bike can dance, with no traffic I could really get a rythm going, and it was pure poetry in motion for miles of smiles. I was singing inside my helmet with the rythm of the road. More fun than a barrel full of high-strung sportbikes, this V-Strom does it all without the slightest complaint, performing like a champion while you relax in the saddle, or off the side, with a grin on your face.

It was a gorgeous day, sunny and clear, about 65 degrees farenheit. You couldn't ask for better weather, or cleaner roads. On a six hour ride I put on another 300 miles across three counties.

I have had more motorcycles than I care to count. The V-Strom is the only one that just keeps on giving, and giving, and giving...

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post #2 of 9 Old 11-24-2006, 12:14 PM
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Great post!!!!!!! The weather is 60 degrees here in Ohio today, and I am getting ready to take full advantage of it.

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post #3 of 9 Old 11-24-2006, 02:52 PM
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Talking Thankgiving ride was GOOD!

Yup nothin' like a little workout before stuffin the ole pie hole I always say! Maybe next year I'll do a squat or two, at the gym that is! Naw!! Why rune a perfectly good streak!!?? Off to the store with the Wee and me Itís in the 40s in Washington St. and I have the day off!!
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post #4 of 9 Old 11-25-2006, 03:19 AM
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You just rode THE dream ride.
No cars in front of you hitting the brakes for no apparent reason, until you get to the12th stoplight and look at the moron on the phone, blabbing away on the phone about some sale somewhere, or whatever their distraction was at the time while making the attempt to operate their motor vehicle.
Here in the Seattle area we have to wait till itís gray outside, okay maybe a bit of rain to get the moron parade off the road and the masses comatose in front of the TV. Thanksgiving day and the day after will usually comply weather wise, but the masses are out in full flag, to hinder any motorcycle ride.
The brave and few that may face this onslaught have my prayers. Ride on home safely admits the onslaught of morons on the road and ye shall have stories to tell amongst the survivors.
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post #5 of 9 Old 11-25-2006, 04:18 PM
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Taking a ride on Thanksgiving would of been great! It was a great day to be outside and about in the Dallas,Tx. area. Wish I could of taken my DL1000K6 out, but instead had to party and eat my in-law's cooking.

And the rest of this holiday means putting up the Christmas lights. Hope to get out sometime, because it's not cold here yet, but I know frosty is on his way.
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post #6 of 9 Old 11-28-2006, 12:13 AM
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Yes, the Strom is one heck of a motorcycle. I have owned bikes for over 40 years. (I started young :-) ) and I can not think of another bike that was such a great return for the money invested. This bike does so much well. We use ours for the country roads here in Ohio/Indiana/Kentucky. There are so many beautiful country roads and the Strom just loves them, even when they turn to old gravel farm roads. My wife and I have spent some of our best hours on that bike. She loves to ride and the bike "fits" us. It handles so effortlessly. It has a very comfortable riding position. It has enough performance for riding in the "real world".

I figure we are going to hang on to the Wee Vee for a lot of years. Its a hard bike not to love. I had a 650KLR before the Wee. I liked it but for our riding the Strom was just in another league.

Enjoy the Strom, we do!! THANK YOU SUZUKI

'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.....

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post #7 of 9 Old 11-28-2006, 12:38 AM
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ZenMan- I agree totally. I have a 1000 and find it flickable in turns, fast on the straights, and able to go anywhere! How many bikes can get you across a state comfortably, then through a mud hole cow path, then master backroad twisties, with total confidence, and complete joy? I have a '93 DR350 that I loved on backroads, kinda liked on trails (top heavy), hated on highways and on real single tracks; so basically a limited riding experience compared to the 'Strom. I find myself on my 'Strom doing rides that last hours and feel totally comfortable and love every minute of it. Now if only I had heated grips...

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post #8 of 9 Old 11-28-2006, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
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Great replies, ya'll, and I'm so glad to see your feelings shared about this great bike, and the great rides she takes us all on. We've had excellent weather here and I've been out riding everyday since Thanksgiving, though the roads have yet to be as empty as the memorable day that started this thread... :rolleyes:

Today is the first day of rain and cooler temps, so I'm looking at this as the perfect oppurtunity to road-test my new Stormrider rainsuit and see how well the new handguards work... :-D

No Stabil-fuel needed for this Strom, and no rest for the wayward...

Ride on!
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post #9 of 9 Old 11-28-2006, 02:10 PM
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I actually rode to work the day before Thanksgiving, since my car would not engage reverse gear (who knows what other gears might be affected). It wasn't scheduled to rain until sometime around midnight, but actually started around 11am. So, I rode home in 39 degree weather, pouring rain, 103 miles. Though my gear is semi-weather resistant, it was not able to resist what mother nature threw at me that night. As bad as I wanted to ride the next few days, my body just wouldn't let me. So, this week I'm riding every day, at least through Thursday, as Friday is again scheduled for rain. I must say, the drive in Friday morning (Black Friday) was wonderful, as all of the ramps that are normally clogged were wide open, and the closest thing to my strom for cornering ismy Miata.

K6 Wee, '97 Miata (track toy), '03 TDI Jetta (economy champ when 2-up or greater).
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