V-Strom 650 weight question
I am considering the V-strom 650 and BMW 650 GS. I liked the BMW when I had a chance to test it.
I see that V-strom has some 20kg (44lb) more weight.
A test ride won't be possible for me on a Suzuki till mid June! (delaers schedule) so I was wondering if anybody could give me an idea of how that extra 20kg dry weight and the additional 30kg (fuel) would feel in the city riding condition.
I am 5' 9" and 175lb so the height is ok.
I will be doing 70% city, 25% highway and may be 5% regular gravel road commting.
Also, the protection for the exhaust pipe and the oil cooler, does not exist in the V-strom. Has anybody had a problem with this or has any fix to this that is not adding too much weight to the bike?
Any input is appreciated.
Oh by the way, after getting the ABS, heated grip, center stand and throwing in a few hundred bucks for the exhaust protection (I don't know what this cost will be), 20% less than the BMW. I am comparing 2000$ with the lower center of gravity in BMW and the less weight.