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post #1 of 14 Old 09-06-2019, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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Hi All,

I'm a rider that has been out of the motorcycle scene for quite a while. I'm now calling this the Summer of Cycles because I bought and traded two baby adventure bikes to get my feet wet again with cycles. Then I figured I bet let the wife in on the fun so I bought one big enough to hall both of us around. After watching tons of youtube videos and reading reviews it was clear the V-Strom 1000 was the bike for me. I got a good end of season deal on a new 2018 that I picked up exactly one week ago and I'm loving it.

Happy to be here!
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post #2 of 14 Old 09-06-2019, 03:12 PM
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Welcome aboard. Let us know how it all works out.
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post #3 of 14 Old 09-06-2019, 06:32 PM
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Welcome to the forum, Magnarex.

2020 Eastern V-Strom Rally (website) - May 14 - 17, 2020
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post #5 of 14 Old 09-07-2019, 03:32 AM
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Welcome to the Forum. Congrats on your L8 Veek. Recommended reading to all new and returning riders, https://www.stromtrooper.com/riding-...ce-riding.html. Ride safe.
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post #6 of 14 Old 09-07-2019, 10:52 AM
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Hola and congrats. Two up on a solo bike...the good ol' days.
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post #7 of 14 Old 09-09-2019, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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Hola and congrats. Two up on a solo bike...the good ol' days.
Why would you consider a 1000 V-Strom a solo bike? I do understand it's not a pure touring bike but it's a lot of bike with a good carrying capacity. If doing 2-up rides on occasion within an hour of home is one of the intended uses it seems like the V-Strom is a very viable option. The wife and I have been out on the country roads outside of town and with the pre-load set I barely even notice she's there.
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post #8 of 14 Old 09-09-2019, 10:04 AM
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"Why would you consider a 1000 V-Strom a solo bike?"

Well, because the bike we rode 2 up on became a sidecar tug. Solo bike, no sidecar. Not necessarily a single person device.
Why is it not a pure touring bike? It has saddlebags, a top box, something of a fairing and windshield. Large enough gas tank and plenty of power.
What more could one ask for? Oh, it will do some of what a Goldwing will strain to do more easily.
Good choice on your part. Enjoy the travels together.
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post #9 of 14 Old 09-09-2019, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
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Why is it not a pure touring bike?
The V-Strom will do well with long distance highway touring if properly decked out but it's still not going to do it as well as a Gold Wing or BMW touring bike. Better wind protection, better and bigger luggage, greater load capacity, better ride quality and comfort, and many other amenities that serve that touring function.

My parents toured on BMWs but I never got that bug. I'm pretty content to ride back and forth to work as often as possible and then do some longer rides on the weekends but never very far from home.
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post #10 of 14 Old 09-09-2019, 05:32 PM
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Any bike is a touring bike if you do so on it. I've had a variety of BMW's from the old standard 80/7 with a Luftmiester fairing on it to an R65LS with minimal fairing and a R100GS in between with a fly screen.
Goldwings and Bigger than they need to be BMW's just cost more, weigh more and eat more gas.
Actually touring is an attitude not a particular variety of motorcycle.
Couple years ago i met a couple of gonzo young guys from Washington that were on the home leg of a 4 corners trip on new Triumph twins. They had old suitcases strapped to the seat. That's essential touring.
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