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post #1 of 19 Old 12-01-2006, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
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3 months & 8k miles, new bike time?

My first bike was a 77 Yamaha RD400 that i put under 1k miles on over three months. I burned a hole in the piston and that ended my riding days for about 3 years.

I go a new job in september that I have to commute 130 miles a day on three major so. california freeways the 15,91 & 55. I did some research and the VStrom 650 seemed to be the perfect choice. It gets over 300 miles a tank, comfortable, easy service, blinding headlight and I can run over road derbies worry free.

I only have a few issues with the bike. It's ugly which I can live with. I height of the bike that make it great 95% of the time becomes very scary when the wind picks up. I had to fight some road closing winds early this week (weather.com report “DAMAGING EAST TO NORTHEAST WINDS… WITH GUSTS OVER 60 MPH THROUGH THE PASSES AND CANYONS…WILL CONTINUE THIS MORNING. WINDS WILL SLOWLY SUBSIDE DURING THE AFTERNOON. VISIBILITY WILL BE REDUCED IN BLOWING DUST AND SAND.”).

I'm looking at a few options.

1. Keep the vstrom and make it work. Make it a fun bike with a track day or some light off roading. Additionally turn my RD400 into a bad ass cafe racer to break up the daily grind.

2. Trade in the DL650K6 for a new bike: Honda VFR, SV650, BMW, metric cruiser...

3. Keep the DL650K6 and buy a used bike: Some thing between $2k-$5k. Buy and Sell different types to see if i can find something better for me.

Is this something all new riders go through? Almost like breaking up with your first girlfriend. There may be nothing wrong with her but you think the grass is greener.
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... GUSTS OVER 60 MPH THROUGH THE PASSES AND CANYONS…
You may not have an option to get a different job or move closer to work, but keep the Strom and drive a car to work. If they are closing the roads for cars...how much of a chance do you have in those conditions?

I can't honestly say I'd do the same thing if it were me, because I like a good challenge. But...keep the Strom.

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The Stroms are NOT ugly!!!!!!!!:mrgreen: I would keep the Wee if I were you, it is cheap, fun and reliable transportation. Hands down one of the very best bikes in motorcycling.

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At 8000 miles you probably are close to new tires, probably not all that far from chain, sprockets, air filter, tune up....if you aren't wild about the bike, it is probably a good time to sell if you aren't heavily indebted to farkles..

The next 3 months at your rate is probably $1000 worth of wear and tear service.

Or else ride it and have fun. A 3 month marriage? Who are you? Kid Krock who didn't know his wife has movies and home video in her past?

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At 8000 miles you probably are close to new tires, probably not all that far from chain, sprockets, air filter, tune up....if you aren't wild about the bike, it is probably a good time to sell if you aren't heavily indebted to farkles..

The next 3 months at your rate is probably $1000 worth of wear and tear service.

Or else ride it and have fun. A 3 month marriage? Who are you? Kid Krock who didn't know his wife has movies and home video in her past?

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You being serious?????:rolleyes: Tires maybe.....but that is all.

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At 15,000 I put on a new chain, sprockets, air filter, plugs, the factory suggested valve adjustments and various hoo haw. That was $800. My tire change was about $300.

At 16,000 miles in 6 months, the original poster would be out some coin even though the bike is warrantied that 1st year. If he rides 32,000 a year on a motorcycle, I'd say he's on the right bike. Considering the fun factor and fuel savings.

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I just got home and set the bike up for it's weekly chain lube. I'm also doing the 7.5k service (plugs and oil). My issue is my mind tells me this is the best bike for me. my heart says get a yamaha v-max to drag race, or a supermoto ride wheelies, or a R1 and fly down the freeway a triple digit speeds. I may need a second bike. the vstom just does not say fun right now. I use it as a 2 wheel appliance. I have never gone for a ride for fun on it. I read on here how excited people get when they take a trip or a weekend ride. Thats does not happen for me. What funny when the sun starts to rise as i going to work I always think there is nothing else i'd rather be doing right now then riding.
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Well, I guess the answer is: "it depends".
I've owned 30+ bikes, and in the course of doing suspension work ride almost everything out there. IMO the Wee-Strom is the best all-around bike made. But (and it's a huge "but") the only thing that matters is what YOU like. Bikes are a very emotional item for most of us, very few people sit down, do a dispassionate cost/benefit analysis and then go buy the bike that analysis pointed to. More likely we went "hot damn, I GOTTA HAVE THAT" and then did whatever it took to acquire it. So if you want to try some different bikes, especially if you haven't been riding that long, that makes perfect sense.
If that's what you want though, try to buy used, 2-3 year old 1 owner bikes in great shape. If you shop carefully you'll lose very little money when you sell. Buying new doesn't make much financial sense. (Of course, I just bought a new '07 Wee, couldn't help myself. )

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FWIW, I'd say the 650 would make a great commuter bike. I'd certainly not want to use my 1K for commuter duty. Having just survived the most wicked wind I've ever ridden in (been riding almost 15yrs w/50,000+ mi avg over the last several) while in TX returning from a cross country jaunt, I can certainly relate to the issues you express regarding strong winds. The lack of fairing protection (can't exactly tuck behind anything) and bike's frame are not condusive to ridin' in the wind. On a 650 I can only imagine it being exacerbated. (Even being on my DL1K I longed for the Busa's power and long wheel base). That said, if you are a good enough rider (whatever that means) to handle the bike in unstable conditions than I'd say you got a winner w/the 650 given what's on the market right now. Stroms are cheap to insure, mechanically rock solid, super for lane-splitting (view especially), predictable maintenance, etc. The "ugly" part is subjective but sounds like your situation begs for serious function not form. Besides, look at it this way, having the "ugly" Strom means you have a better chance of coming out of work to find it still there.... even in the Golden State.

Best of luck on your decisions and ride safe.

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Is this something all new riders go through? Almost like breaking up with your first girlfriend. There may be nothing wrong with her but you think the grass is greener.
Forgot your last statement... for me, while riding the bike immediately after purchase en route to my house I was concerned I made a big mistake. That was almost exactly 1 year ago... and 59,000 miles later. If interested, here's my initial report of the bike where I cried while riding back to the house after purchasing it: https://www.stromtrooper.com/forums/s...ead.php?t=3086

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