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post #1 of 7 Old 08-03-2019, 03:05 AM Thread Starter
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Hello from the East and Further East

Good morning all,

I am new here (obviously!). I have experience riding and wrenching. I started riding way back in the last century. I bought a 1977 Honda 400/4 Supersport in another city and rode it home. That was the first bike with an engine I had ridden since my Keystone minibike when I was a kid. This was the BIG time - FOUR cylinders and GEARS! It's amazing the things we survived when we were young!

Anyway, I like different engine configurations and have had V8s, V6s, Inline 5s, Inline 4s, V4s, a triple and a single (minibike, lawn mower, snowblower ). My current engines are a V6, V4, triple, 4 cylinder diesel and numerous singles. I haven't had a radial engine yet. Maybe someday.

The triple is in my 1999 Triumph Trophy 900. I bought her with 40,000 kms and she now has 112,000 kms. We've done a lot together including longer trips, an Iron Butt ride, enduring horizontal crosswinds with rain and the odd frosty/snowy road.

However, she is heavy and top heavy and I am old(er) and a bit broken. It is time to move on to something a bit lighter, preferably not as top heavy and with a bit more legroom. I have narrowed my choices to a V-Strom 1000 (2004-2009) or the other ADV bike with the triple engine that I LOVE. At high revs and pulling she sounds for the world like an exotic inline 6 or even a 12 cylinder Italian. Makes my hair stand up just thinking about that!

I haven't had a V-Twin yet, and at might be nice to tell my friends that I have bought one and let them assume I bought a Harley .

So, that's me. I'll chat over on the appropriate forums.

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Welcome to the Forum, Glenn. Good luck with your V-Strom hunting adventure. Don't write off the DL650. A test ride may yet surprise you.
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Welcome to the Forum, Glenn. Good luck with your V-Strom hunting adventure. Don't write off the DL650. A test ride may yet surprise you.

Hi Gert,

Thanks! I have a couple of friends who have had a couple of Wee-Stroms each over the years and loved them. Now, they are both smaller and lighter than me and kept going back to the Wee-Strom fold. One of them, like me, likes torque and also keeps going back to litre bikes. I am 182 cms and about 100-105 kgs in riding gear. I'm a litre bike guy. I like the roll-on torque. Yes, I think the 650 class ADV/Dual Sort bike are a perfect solution for a do-all bike for a LOT of people and they are certainly more capable off road. My off road is really only going to be off pavement.

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Welcome to the forum, Glenn.
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Welcome to the forum, Glenn.
Thanks Stalky.

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Here - 2002 V-Strom DL1000, 1999 Triumph Trophy 900, 2003 Maxima SE 6-Speed, 1997 Silverado K2500 - 454
Slovakia - 2004 Rover 75 CDT Tourer w/ Tuning Box
Past - 1977 Honda 400/4 Supersport, 1982 Honda CB900 Custom, 1984 Honda V65 Sabre (TWICE), 1996 Kawi GPz1100, 1990 Honda VFR750F
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Welcome to the forum.

I'm fully supportive of your radial engine idea. I once watched a youtube video of a guy who mounted a radial on a motorcycle. It sounded amazing and shot fire everywhere. What's not to like?
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Welcome to the forum.

I'm fully supportive of your radial engine idea. I once watched a youtube video of a guy who mounted a radial on a motorcycle. It sounded amazing and shot fire everywhere. What's not to like?
It could be a handful off road, though!
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Slovakia - 2004 Rover 75 CDT Tourer w/ Tuning Box
Past - 1977 Honda 400/4 Supersport, 1982 Honda CB900 Custom, 1984 Honda V65 Sabre (TWICE), 1996 Kawi GPz1100, 1990 Honda VFR750F
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