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post #1 of 75 Old 12-27-2006, 04:22 AM Thread Starter
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Was it hard to get over the looks of the Vstrom before purchase?


I got to admit when I first saw the Vstrom, I didn't know what to make of it. Suzuki's website label it as a "standard" and even a "dualsport" when it was first introduced to the public but I failed to see it as either one even though it can be ridden however you want to ride it.

I even thought it was a bit on the ugly side and gorgeous at another angle. From the front, it's a pretty good looking bike. From the back, the bigger Vstrom looks the business with the dual exhaust...the DL650 always seems like it's missing something...the other exhaust I suppose....but from the side, both bikes looked hideous. Probably due to the routing of the exhaust?

Getting past the looks, I want the DL650 now that I'm over the looks of it.

How many of you owners also had to get over the looks before buying one but had a hard time doing so?
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post #2 of 75 Old 12-27-2006, 06:03 AM
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Well I suppose I dident have to get over the looks. I wanted function and the strom had that in spades. I already get grief due to wearing a helmet and gear, so a goofy looking bike wasnt going to change my mind much. If I had wanted to be cool I'd have a Harely. However I'd rather be stereotyped with the BMW riders instead Lots of miles, all conditions, and looking all kinds of goofy.

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I'm an architect -- it's an occupational hazard that we tend to get hung up with the looks of things... judging books by their cover etc.

I'm 49, though, and started exploring solutions that work brilliantly regardless of how they look. It's cathatic. I now drive a Subaru Baja, which is about as ugly a vehicle as you can have -- but it's a terrific fit for my life. It doesn't do much exceptionally well, but overall, it's very useful.

There isn't really another bike like the V-Strom on the market: inexpensive, durable, customizable, standard - upright seating position, long range capability, smooth, quiet, and adaptable to a wide range of needs. Ergo, it's beautiful.

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post #4 of 75 Old 12-27-2006, 08:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Packa-strom View Post
I'm an architect -- it's an occupational hazard that we can't get over the looks of things and we tend to judge books at a glance.
Forgive the comment. You were the trigger, not the cause it. It only applies to a, uhhhh, wee minority. I've been thinking it for a long time and today's the day...here we go.

Some architects should be jailed for their visual assaults on the public, and their dogged reluctance to go beyond the visual and arrive at simple elegance and the practical. Unfortunately, they are usually the award winners. I could go on, but won't. Have I got stories! :rolleyes:

Anyway, it's the sports bikes and cruisers that strike me as being ugly -- very ugly. The Vstrom never impressed me that way.

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post #5 of 75 Old 12-27-2006, 09:11 AM
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for me the looks was part of its charm, then agian I also a have a klr650 that is going to have to go so I can buy a track bike. thinking of a sv650, as you can see looks are not all that important to me
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post #6 of 75 Old 12-27-2006, 09:20 AM
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What would I know, I had an ST1300. Ever see one of those with the bags off? Now thats uuuuuuugly. I'm going to run now.

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post #7 of 75 Old 12-27-2006, 09:23 AM
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Perhaps it is because my creed has always been along the lines of "Dare to be Different", but I really do worry about the aesthetics of something when I purchase it. I look more towards the fit, form and functionality of a product.

Because of those reasons, the V-Strom was a natural.

Being one that makes most of his purchase decisions based on my requirements - which at the time of purchase was:

1. Able to cruise comfortably and safely, with reserve power at 65 to 75 mph.

2. Able to do this on a 600 to 700 miles per week type of schedule.

3. Low cost maintenance - I need to do this myself, so I needed access to "special tools" and manuals.

So, the V-Strom met all of these parameters, I bought it and must say that I am very satisfied with my purchase. My requirements have changed just a bit since my purchase. My daily commute is now 60 miles instead of 100 miles, I am on backroads instead of expressways and do you know that the V-Strom can still handle that type of commute with extreme aplomb?

It's a great bike, don't let your prejudices keep you from enjoying your own!
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post #8 of 75 Old 12-27-2006, 10:11 AM
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I thought it looked as if it was a one of a kind bike and that is what attracted me to it. I would never go out and buy a Harley sportster or V-rod because those are a dime a dozen and I don't want something that the majority of everyone else has. BORING!!
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post #9 of 75 Old 12-27-2006, 10:37 AM
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Yes. I call my Wee Strom "The Fugly Bike". Functional, but Ugly. I'm OK with that.
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post #10 of 75 Old 12-27-2006, 11:15 AM
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I was riding a Honda Shadow when my friend bought his Wee and my first thought was that is was BIG. And when he added a full set of 41-liter Givis...WOW, it's BIG! After a couple of months, looking at that bike every day in the parking lot, I couldn't stop admiring it. One day I came across this pic http://w1.bikepics.com/pics/2006%5C0...01101-full.jpg and I was sold. In my mind it went from BIG to BEEFY. One short test drive later and I went right to the Suzuki dealership. I'm a little embarassed to admit it, but I went upside down on the deal because I wanted the Strom so bad.

<fl_strom> makes a good point...it's different. The Strom doesn't fit any biker category and that's why we're attracted to it. People tend to be more friendly when you don't fit any stereotype.

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