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post #1 of 19 Old 05-14-2019, 02:59 AM Thread Starter
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Looking hard at V-Stroms

I've been wanting an Adventure/Dual Purpose/Enduro bike for a few years now and finally getting very close to pulling the trigger. I live out in the middle of nowhere and the nearest normally stocking dealer of any kind of new motorcycles is 100 miles away, so reliability and ease of maintenance is VERY high on my priority list, so that's what brought me to the V-Strom DL1000. The nearest new V-Strom to me of any kind is 111 miles away and the nearest 2019 V-Strom 1000XT Adventure is 200 miles away, so I'm doing a LOT of online research trying to learn about them.
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I don't know about the 1000 but my 650 has been flawless.
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They DL1000/650 have proven to very reliable over the years. What do you consider Adventure/Dual Sport/Enduro riding?


The DL's are heavy with not a lot of ground clearance or suspension travel. I bough mine with the intend of never taking it off road as it is heavy. I really didn't like my DR650 (around 100lb lighter than the DL650) for anything more than groomed fires roads and "c" class trails. Get on "B" class trails and the weight started becoming a big problem. I have done several dual sports with the DR and hated some of the more technical rocky sections because of dated suspension and additional weight. If I was on a DL I would have left the bike for dead and walked out. Enduro's around here are timed sanctioned race events where every one is on a lightweight Euro with gobs of suspension, power and super lightweight. Trying to run a DL1000/650 at one of theses events would be like running a Harley Electra Glide at a supercross race and wondering why your not have a good time or at the front of the pack.


The DL series bike is a lot like 80/20 or even 90/10 tires. Way more biased towards street riding and okay for stuff like groomed fire break roads.
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Agree with Perazzi. Itís easy to get carried away in a certain direction doing online research. Enduro can mean different things to different people. I love my DL650 and itís perfect for paved roads and dirt roads alike, and going through a little bit of mud or sand every once in a while can be fun. But just like a 1250GS or a 1290 KTM these 500lbs+ bikes are not made to go over fallen logs or through the Amazon jungle. There are of course professional riders who make for great commercials sitting on a giant BMW or KTM doing just that but the average person will not be happy when faced with the same situation. The V-Strom is in the same ballpark but more street oriented despite the lower weight.
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If you are looking for a low maintenance bike that can do some dirt roads the V Strom is your machine.
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Pull the trigger !

Don't look left or right, just go for it.
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PerazziMX14, Not into any kind of races anymore. Got that out of my system decades ago. I enjoy running backcountry gravel and dirt roads, forest service roads, two-tracks, and some logging roads. I want to make a run at the Alaska highway to Prudhoe Bay. Also want to do the TAT and some other long distance trail rides.

The nearest town to me that's over 20,000 population is Columbia, MO, and it's a little over 100 miles away. I've found a way to do that 100+ miles on gravel and dirt, with a total of less than 3 1/2 miles of pavement, all the way from my garage to inside the city limits of Columbia.

But I also want to be able to jump on the interstate and do 85 - 90 mph and 600 miles at times, otherwise, I'd probably just get a KLR650 while some new ones are still around. Also, I like to camp off of my bike.
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Sounds like the Strom fits the bill. I jumped to an adventure bike for riding position and occasional unpaved road travel, which coming from a ninja where the sight of dirt made it squirm was a big difference. Maintenance has been easy, other than taking care of the chain, but no different than any other chain driven bike. Just installed an oiler which has been working out for the most part.
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I gave my Wee a Severe case of Stink Eye before I bought it. It turned out to be a good thing.
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PerazziMX14, Not into any kind of races anymore. Got that out of my system decades ago. I enjoy running backcountry gravel and dirt roads, forest service roads, two-tracks, and some logging roads. I want to make a run at the Alaska highway to Prudhoe Bay. Also want to do the TAT and some other long distance trail rides.

The nearest town to me that's over 20,000 population is Columbia, MO, and it's a little over 100 miles away. I've found a way to do that 100+ miles on gravel and dirt, with a total of less than 3 1/2 miles of pavement, all the way from my garage to inside the city limits of Columbia.

But I also want to be able to jump on the interstate and do 85 - 90 mph and 600 miles at times, otherwise, I'd probably just get a KLR650 while some new ones are still around. Also, I like to camp off of my bike.
That’s pretty much what I got mine for. The V-Strom is a proven adventure traveler. I think the current motorcycle press confuses this with the ability to do serious single tracks, whereas for many people including me the “adventure” capability just means being able to visit pretty much any destination on the planet by means of whatever most suitable road leads to it, without actively trying to get oneself into impossible situations.
Besides, it is just a very comfortable and practical motorcycle in all weather, so even if I never take it to Patagonia (I probably won’t) it is still great for anything the Northeastern US has to offer.
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