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post #1 of 14 Old 08-08-2019, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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Looking to get my first Adventure bike

I’m Paul and live in SoCal. Had other bikes before and now looking at an adventure bike. Keep reading about the VStrom and now looking to pick one up in the next couple of weeks hopefully. It would be for fun and some commuting plus 2up riding. Looking to learn a lot from this group. Thank you
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post #2 of 14 Old 08-08-2019, 07:39 PM
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Yessir! Welcome.

ADV bikes are the swiss army knife of riding. You'll be happy with the strom. I'm still impressed how agile they are after 4 years. Always a joy to ride.

Two wheelz for realz!
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post #3 of 14 Old 08-08-2019, 10:40 PM
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Welcome to the forum, Paul.

2020 Eastern V-Strom Rally (website) - May 14 - 17, 2020
2006 Suzuki V-Strom DL650K
1986 Honda Shadow VT700C
1974 Suzuki TM-250
1966 Triumph Bonneville T-120R
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post #4 of 14 Old 08-08-2019, 11:19 PM
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great bikes

2014 V-Strom
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post #5 of 14 Old 08-08-2019, 11:21 PM
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Welcome Paul. You'll find this a useful forum.
And yeah, the V Strom is a very cool bike. We try not to mock the folks who spent too much on the fancy other brands. I call the V Strom a thinking man's Ducati.

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Current Rides: '14 DL1000 ADV, '06 SV650N, '93 900CBRR, '74 Ducati 750GT ['02 BMW K1200rs SOLD Aug '17]
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post #6 of 14 Old 08-09-2019, 04:07 AM
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Welcome to the Forum. Good luck with your V-Strom search.
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post #7 of 14 Old 08-09-2019, 07:18 AM
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Have you looked at other Adventure bikes to make sure your basis are covered. Are you looking for new or used? What is your budget. One you get into the $5,000 -$7,000 ish price range the world of gently used bikes really opens up.

The DL series bikes are great no doubt and the price of entry is certainly attractive. But the attractive price comes at the bike being a sort of blank slate. This is a double edged sword. You can make the bike yours but typically in doing so you end up spending more money than if you would have bought something higher spec from the beginning.

We've talked ad nauseum about Suzuki verses XYZ brand but what I can tell you is from personal experience I bought a used DL650 for $4,900 (going price in 2015) and added $2,000 to it for a total of $6,900. Two years later I bought a 2006 R1200GS 99% stock with full factory luggage for $7,000. The BWM for me a much better bike in every department for the same money. The stock BMW power, suspension, brakes, ergo are all better than the DL even after adding many mods.

Don't get me wrong the DL may be the perfect bike for you but if you haven't looked around, look around. There are lots of solid bikes out there. You just need to finds what works best for you.
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post #8 of 14 Old 08-10-2019, 12:46 PM
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Welcome to the forum! Lots of helpful info here to help you decide what's right for you!
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post #9 of 14 Old 08-10-2019, 04:45 PM
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OP , First off Welcome to the forum, Lots of great people on here to converse with.

Second -if going with say a DL650 Think about if you will be doing or wanting to do any off road
or light dirt riding. The XT version fits this area a bit better than the standard version.

Still any 650 or 1000 is a solid pick. Seat height can be a bit tall for shorter riders.
But lots of products to help with that too.

Fun bikes to fix up the way you like it with plenty of storage ideas for a 2 up trip.

When you think of this bike as an ADV think of : Part Enduro, part sport bike, part Touring..

They are pretty much all of this balled into one bike.

2017 DL 650 , The Bible of Mods - Amen , AMA member , RestoRides MotorSports CEO,

"I don't want a pickle - just wanna ride my motor-sickle"
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post #10 of 14 Old 08-13-2019, 03:57 AM Thread Starter
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So I did a thing as my wife says. 9800 miles few accessories came with it. Bigger windscreen skid plate radiator cover center stand. All for 2k$
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