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post #1 of 11 Old 01-12-2007, 06:14 PM Thread Starter
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gs 1200 v strom honda varadero

my first proper ride out on the strom today

i must say im quite impressed nice engine nice handling good lights
brakes are not awe inspiring and requirea good old squeeze
not been two up yet all take it easy when ido

i was surprised that the original scrren was not as bad as some say ..certainly no worse than the gs ..not as good as the honda

comfort i found exelant ..i must have a well sorted one cos it pulls nice and clean in any gear from 40 up more tractable than the other two

the gs had awsome brakes abs but little feel but [when working ]are the most pwerful of the three by some distance

lights are good on the strom crap on the gs ..really bad
the hinda is world war 2 searchlight strong

handling wise the strom is exalent and would run with a gs no problem
the honda has a weight problem but is steady and reliable

engine wise theres not a lot in the three of them the beemer makes a bit more torque lower down but is a little weedy up top vice versa for the strom
the honda engine given the weight its pulling is a peach and my favorite [just] out of the three
its only five speed but pulls nicely despite what the mags say feels the most pwerful particularly at the top end

both the honda and the strom are better from 75 80up in top gear the beamer is not geared that well and doesnt pull very quickly at motorway speeds two up
the gs is a s fast as the others up to a ton but the engine really is quite weedy from there on in and rquires a lower gear than the other two

handling wise the gs is on the money but can feel a little vauge with the paralever front it will ground out two up

the strom i know know could live with it no [rblem specially when i get rid of the deathwings origanal tyres

the honda takes a lot of imput and the weight [high] is the limiting factor but it can be husled along at a very respecable velocity


the honda is huge and feels like its been carved out of granit

the reliability on gs has been a nightmare
failed brakes
jammed throttle
failed fual pump
3fail to starts
chronic over heating

got that fed up i sold it and bought the honda a 02 1400mile old
for not a lot of money i like it fine its a heavy lump but feels solid and dependable ..the engine is very simaler to the stroms
its not agreat bike for hard ridden twistys but tours well
hey and guess what even bieng a honda has charicter
err indoors did not like the pillion though all she could see was the back of my head ...intresting i know but ..

so to the bike show tried allsorts but glam doll said i like that one [strom]
two months of tracking down ended up with a 06 with 900miles on the clock and here we are saying hello

heres the punchline take one of these



add one of these
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and then sell the unreliable stupid red thing at at the top use the rest of the money 1400 quid 2500 dollers to book touring holidays
the value for money is amazing i think i must have been mad ...but im alright now i think me and the strom will be fine as long as it stays reliable ...not a lot to beat though

you must have been going real fast cos i was flying when i passed you !!

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Very interesting report. Thanks for sharing.:mrgreen:
So you have the Honda and the Strom in your stable right now? I do like the looks of the Honda.

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Very interesting report. Thanks for sharing.:mrgreen:
So you have the Honda and the Strom in your stable right now? I do like the looks of the Honda.
its a bit of a porker but is really nice to tour on im using it for work and going to use the strom to tour




on paper and i supose in practice its the worst of the three but it feels good to ride its kinda worked its way into my heart it really is intimidating to start with its makes the others feel like a toy
if you fell off you could take out a small town with it
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I am really intrigued by the Varadero. Great looking bike. How much heavier is it? Would love to see it on these shores as an option should the big Vee go the way of the dodo. Honda quality, reliability and dealer network. Sounds like a winner for sure.
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I am really intrigued by the Varadero. Great looking bike. How much heavier is it? Would love to see it on these shores as an option should the big Vee go the way of the dodo. Honda quality, reliability and dealer network. Sounds like a winner for sure.
its over 250kgms fully fuelled a simple test like pushing it into the garage is enough to get your attention there are rumers over here of a 1200 shaftie for 2008 to take on the 1200 gs
you relly would have to like your bikes BIG and tall to go with the honda if you were under 5 11 you would struggle to touch the ground
it needs to do on a diet
the strom is is the better bike no doubt but the honda does have a massive presence ...literally

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I was very close to getting a BMW when I was looking for a bike. The more I read and hear about them, the happier I am I went with the STROM. :-D

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its over 250kgms fully fuelled a simple test like pushing it into the garage is enough to get your attention
You want heavy, get a Kawasaki Concours - 595 lbs DRY, with a 7 gallon gas tank. Great for long distances, very top heavy. The Concours Owners Group used to tell newbies, "It's not 'IF you drop your bike...', it's 'WHEN you drop your bike...'".

I'd love to be able to get my hands on a Varadero. My first stop, when I came back to riding, was at the Honda dealer, looking for a machine like the 'dero. No such luck, all they had were cruisers and the 919. Luckily the dealer was also a Suzuki dealer and I spotted the 'Strom...
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if the new on comes off it will be somthing else

but were back to top top dollar
... i think the strom represents fantastic value for money

nothings for ever but ill never be paying bmw money again ..unless i win the lottery

i have been biking for a long time and wouldnt complement the strom unless i meant it
i would actually say if i thought it sucked

bang for buck as they say its unbeatable
im still surprised how competant it is

strange how we always want what we cant have if you know what i mean ??
ive been to the dark side ..and it was very dark indeed ...........


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if the new on comes off it will be somthing else

but were back to top top dollar
... i think the strom represents fantastic value for money

nothings for ever but ill never be paying bmw money again ..unless i win the lottery

i have been biking for a long time and wouldnt complement the strom unless i meant it
i would actually say if i thought it sucked

bang for buck as they say its unbeatable
im still surprised how competant it is

strange how we always want what we cant have if you know what i mean ??
ive been to the dark side ..and it was very dark indeed ...........


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...strange how we always want what we cant have if you know what i mean ??
Yes, I do. Please don't misunderstand, Minky, I really like my 'Strom. It's the first machine I've ever owned that seems to encourage you to just wander around. You go out for a short 10 mile jaunt and 50, or 100, or 150 miles later you start thinking about heading for home. I do wish the body parts provided more wind protection, though, and that's what attracts me to the Varadero. It looks like the body parts would provide more weather protection than the 'Strom. Can't buy one, though, so I guess I'll have to invest in better gear...
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