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post #1 of 56 Old 08-25-2019, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
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Recovering BMW Rider

Good Day.

Just acquired a new 2019 V-Strom XT DL650. Rode a 2000 BMW 1200LT for 12+ years. The final straw was a failure in the engine main seal.

Always loved the V-Strom from my first ride on a rental back in 2006. At the time I needed a ride for 2 up riding that was not a Goldwing.

Now, that is not a priority. Had to go back to the V-Strom. Really liked the 2016+ version. I admit I really looked hard at the BMW offerings. I found...too big, too heavy, too complicated.

Looking to fit the ride to me.

I'm 6'1"/200lbs./34 inch in-seam/retired "old guy". Currently looking at:

Center stand
Raised Bar
Raised seat
Cruise control/throttle control
Soft luggage

Looking forward to any advice.

Best wishes,

Kimble Neel
Phoenix, AZ
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post #2 of 56 Old 08-25-2019, 10:09 PM
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Welcome to happy motorbiking , i hope your bike is as good or better than mine. 16 years, one real issue (which i should preemptively dealt with).

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post #3 of 56 Old 08-25-2019, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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Good Day.

Just acquired a new 2019 V-Strom XT DL650. Owned a rode a 2000 BMW 1200LT for 12+ years. The final straw was a failure in the engine main seal.

Always loved the V-Strom from my first ride on a rental back in 2006. At the time I needed a ride for 2 up riding that was not a Goldwing.

Now, that is not a priority. Had to go back to the V-Strom. Really liked the 2016+ version. I admit I really looked hard at the BMW offerings. I found...too big, too heavy, too complicated.

Looking to fit the ride to me.

I'm 6'1"/200lbs./34 inch in-seam/retired "old guy". Currently looking at:

Center stand
Raised Bar
Raised seat
Cruise control/throttle control
Soft luggage

Looking forward to any advice.

Best wishes,

Kimble Neel
Phoenix, AZ

Haven't figured out how to edit yet. "Owned and rode" not "Owned a rode"....sorry.
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post #4 of 56 Old 08-25-2019, 10:37 PM Thread Starter
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Looked hard at both the 650 and 1000.

The 650 won because of the feel and weight. Planning on riding some forest service roads, which are abundant in Arizona, as well as touring long distance.

All the best,

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post #5 of 56 Old 08-25-2019, 10:44 PM
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Hehe - welcome ..good title.


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post #6 of 56 Old 08-25-2019, 11:11 PM
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As a recovering BMW rider, the 650 WEE is what a several of my BMW's were but mo bettah. I still have a G650GS but it's not the road going bike that the Wee Strom is.
Unfortunately modern bike tend to have smaller gas tanks. That makes them less usable as touring devices.
The devices that new bikes have like such as keyless ignition and traction control take more from the control of the rider and put it in the control of the electronics.
Depends on whether you buy into the advances of technology.
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post #7 of 56 Old 08-25-2019, 11:21 PM
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Welcome to the forum, Kimble.


Ride it and it will tell you what you need to change or add. Oh, the center stand for sure.
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post #8 of 56 Old 08-26-2019, 12:17 AM
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Welcome Kimble.
It seems like there are several of us from Phx or somewhere in AZ. I am normally in Phx but spend 3 0r 4 months in the summer up in a small town in the mountains. I am getting old and sissified. I have a wee and love the center stand and top box. I have hard bags but usually leave them at home. I put on a fork brace and like that too. look into foot peg lowerers.
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Welcome to the Forum. Congrats on your new ride.
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post #10 of 56 Old 08-26-2019, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks to all...

I plan on putting some miles on her before I stick on bunch of farkles for sure. The center stand and a top case are definitely on the short list.

Also, looking at windshields.

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