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post #1 of 14 Old 06-16-2019, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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Looking at the V-Strom 1000

Hi, New Member here looking for a next bike. Was initially thinking a Sport Touring Bike like a BMW R1150RT, Yamaha FJR 1300 or Kawi Concours 1400. While I was at a local shop to see another bike I saw a really nice V-Strom 650 so I started looking into them and they seem fit my desire for inexpensive to buy (looking at a couple of '05's) and own, comfortable riding position, hard bags for commuting and weekend trips and enough power to keep my Big Twin riding buddies from ragging on me.

I don't expect to do any serious off road but I live 1.5 miles down a gravel road. The other bikes I was looking at could handle it, but I'd always feel I was abusing them and worry about chips/dings/damage to the fairings where it would be no sweat for a V-Strom. I decided to test ride the 650 and it was a nice ride (sort of reminded me of my 1st dirt bike way back when), but smooth and comfortable. The 650 just didn't have the power I was looking for coming off a bigger bike.

Looking forward to a chance to ride a DL1000. Think it might be exactly what I'm looking for to commute to work and occasional weekend rides with my Harley buddies.
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post #2 of 14 Old 06-16-2019, 09:15 PM
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Welcome to the forum, bill.

2020 Eastern V-Strom Rally (website) - May 14 - 17, 2020
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VStroms are very "sporty"--if you believe the majority of owners' testimonies--for their relative weight and high center of mass. I've owned several big touring bikes: an FJR, a FZ1 with luggage, a KTM 990SMT, and a GPZ1100E ( long time ago). All of them had they're strengths and short-comings, but of all of them, I've enjoyed the Strom--and kept it longer--than any of the other bikes. Upright seating position, long wheel base, compliant suspension ( at least for the road), and one of the most tractable motors ever put in a motorcycle. I've put almost 50K on it and it's been out west thru NM/AZ/CO/UT to the CA border, south to FL, and TN/NC/GA more times than I can count. Never stops bringing a smile to my face. I have 2 other bikes in addition to the Strom, and I ride them fewer miles per year. I don't think you'll be disappointed...but then, you ARE posting on a VStrom forum.

FYI. I'm a Bill too. Could be serendipitous...
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post #4 of 14 Old 06-16-2019, 09:53 PM
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Get a Vee, your Harley buddies will have a hard time keeping up with you. On any road, anywhere.
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Welcome to the Forum. If you are looking at the Gen 1 Vee, you may want to read https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl1000-...uestion-s.html post #10 by realshelby and https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl1000-...ng-issues.html. Many members claim that the L4 (2014) Vee is a much better buy.
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post #6 of 14 Old 06-17-2019, 08:59 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks. The post-14's might be better bikes, but I would hope so with 9-10 years for Suzuki to improve it. I just can't rationalize a newer bike at this point.

The DL's I'm looking at are inexpensive enough that I can't get too upside down on them. I don't expect 0 problems at my price point, just a reasonable reputation for reliability and low maintenance costs. If I let my heart rule, I'd be looking at BMW R1150RT's, but failures of the ABS system with a $2500+ repair cost plus higher costs for the foibles of every other bike is unacceptable. I know I could de-ABS them, but I'm also not looking for a project bike. I want something that demands only normal maintenance for the most part, while realizing "stuff happens". Seeing DL1000's with 50k and far beyond seems to indicate they meet my desires in that area.

Work, Family and other interests all demand my time and attention, so I want a bike to buy back some time, cutting my 3-4 hours of daily commuting round trip by bus back to an hour or less each way, and let me get out with the boys on the occasional weekend ride. I've driven my car in to work which beats the heck out of the bus even though I have to take a longer route due to HOV restrictions. However once I'm at work parking in my building is $27 per day and >$14 in tolls. On the bike, I can avoid the most expensive sections of toll road, make up the time using HOV lanes and there is bike parking next to my building that will be more like $8 day. I'm thinking I'd save about 40% vs the cost of the bus and way more vs driving a car.

Hoping to get to look at the leading candidate this afternoon and if it rides like I expect be a V-Strom Owner before this day is out.
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post #8 of 14 Old 06-17-2019, 10:09 AM
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There are some lower mile DL1000s starting to show up on Craig'slist for $2500 or less. I woud not hesistate to snatch on up if I were in the market. All the information for succesful ownership is on this site and VSRI. Quick inforamtion paths to resolving any issues that might crop up, but the bikes themselves can go MANY hundreds of thousands of miles with just normal care.
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post #9 of 14 Old 06-17-2019, 12:12 PM
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Looks like you found the right path

I loved my 650, nice smooth and ultra reliable bike. Just picked up a new 1000 and the torque, brakes and suspension are addictive. Great bikes, you won't be disappointed.

Two wheelz for realz!
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post #10 of 14 Old 06-17-2019, 02:13 PM
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welcome to the forum .I own a 2008 and I love it but , go with 2014+
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