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Greetings Stromtroopers!

I've been searching for a bike for commuting and occasional touring. Some friends have Hondas and Beemers. After reading through reviews, the Strom really seems to fit my needs almost perfectly. I've completed the first MSF course and earned my endorsement. Last spring, I briefly had a Kaw ex250 but the riding position was not very comfortable for me (6'0", 235#, 34 inseam) so I want something that I'll sit upright. I'm perfectly happy buying used and enjoy wrenching.

The 250 was owned by friend of a friend. He rode it a little but then parked it in his garage and it sat for three years. He then had to move and with no mechanical inclination, offered it to me for free if I could come and get it in the next 12 hours. So I did. Brought it home on a trailer, drained and flushed everything. Thorough cleaning of everything. The tires were brand new when it was parked. They were flat spotted but held pressure. New battery. Fresh fluids for everything and chain lube. New spark plugs. etc etc. Rode it some after all the freshening, but caved to pressure from my wife and sold it, yet I was bitten by the bug and after some negotiating, she's given the OK.

I'm impressed with the longevity people are getting from the 650s. Having owned cars that required quite a bit of attention to keep on the road and track, a bike that starts up and can go (given proper maintenance) is very appealing.
 

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Welcome aboard SuperG,

The DL650 is a great bike for both beginners and experienced riders.
The V-Strom can handle commuting and touring with no problems. Very agile on the back roads and very steady on the highways.

This is a bike the could keep you happy for quite a while.

Good Luck,

Bruce
 

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Welcome ...the deals with the Wees seem to be in the high mileage area ......I got mine for a song with 93,000 km on it and it's not had one issue in the two years I've owned it. Runs better than the one I sold with half that.
You are in the right place.
Maybe list your location and others can have an eye out for deals.
 

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Thanks everyone! I live in Indianapolis, IN (profile info is updated now). I've found a few wees on the list of Craig and others through cycletrader.com. I'd rather have an older/higher mileage bike with farkles than a newer one without. I've read some of the comparisons between Gen1 and Gen2 and at this point in my riding, how I want to use the bike, I'm less concerned about those differences.
 

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Welcome ...the deals with the Wees seem to be in the high mileage area ......I got mine for a song with 93,000 km on it and it's not had one issue in the two years I've owned it. Runs better than the one I sold with half that.
You are in the right place.
Maybe list your location and others can have an eye out for deals.
This is good to know. I do see there are deals in the nearing 50k miles and up. I don't mind buying something with over 50k, but I figure it would have to be for a real deal since resale value will be basically non-existent after a year or so worth of trips. :) Still on the hunt!

Did you ever fare out with one, OP?
 

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Greetings Stromtroopers!



I've been searching for a bike for commuting and occasional touring. Some friends have Hondas and Beemers. After reading through reviews, the Strom really seems to fit my needs almost perfectly. I've completed the first MSF course and earned my endorsement. Last spring, I briefly had a Kaw ex250 but the riding position was not very comfortable for me (6'0", 235#, 34 inseam) so I want something that I'll sit upright. I'm perfectly happy buying used and enjoy wrenching.



The 250 was owned by friend of a friend. He rode it a little but then parked it in his garage and it sat for three years. He then had to move and with no mechanical inclination, offered it to me for free if I could come and get it in the next 12 hours. So I did. Brought it home on a trailer, drained and flushed everything. Thorough cleaning of everything. The tires were brand new when it was parked. They were flat spotted but held pressure. New battery. Fresh fluids for everything and chain lube. New spark plugs. etc etc. Rode it some after all the freshening, but caved to pressure from my wife and sold it, yet I was bitten by the bug and after some negotiating, she's given the OK.



I'm impressed with the longevity people are getting from the 650s. Having owned cars that required quite a bit of attention to keep on the road and track, a bike that starts up and can go (given proper maintenance) is very appealing.


The good/bad thing about the Strom is that it is so good at so many things for so many people that it is not perfect at anything for hardly anybody. That "so close, but so far" aspect of it brings out the sniveller in some.

With a few "farkles" you can adjust foot peg height, bar reach, fender height, wind management ... I could go on and on and on. And make the bike perfect for you.

The wind management is poor compared to a fully faired road bike, but if you take to an unpaved road or trail on a road bike you will trash it. Its off road capability is poor compared to an off road oriented dual purpose bike, but then, try riding 600 miles a day on a KLR or any other thumper and your fillings will be loose, and your vision will be blurry for three days.

The motor on the 650 Strom is silky smooth and torquey to a fault. The handling is awesome for such a "tall" bike with a such great seating position. I get 55 mpg commuting at 70mph, and smile - the - whole - stinking - way - to - work - and - back. On trips 2 up with 90lbs of luggage and gear, I'll get ~48-50 mpg, but it drops to 39 or 40 if I have to do 80 on the slab.

With a good 50/50 tire and a skid plate, you can have some fun on the trails if you leave your luggage in camp. I've found that adjusting the preload and dampening made what I thought was a mushy, dive prone suspension, quite sporty and fun handling.

There are other good bikes out there, but I don't know of one that could replace my Strom as a single bike solution.

If you make a list of all the things you want to do on a bike, then make a list of all the bikes that will do it and test ride them, you may end up getting the most smiles from a Strom. I rode the Strom last, and liked it best. I'm sure you can find a good one in your budget that needs far less wrenching than the 250 did.

Happy hunting!


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Thank you everyone for all of the feedback :thumbup:

Sorry I didn't notice the replies sooner. I've been keeping an eye on regional Craigslist and Cycletrader. There is a nicely farkled '12 near Detroit that might fit the bill, I just need to figure out a way to see it in person.

The biggest question to me, I think, is ABS or not ABS? The odds that I'll ever be very far off the pavement are so low, that I think having ABS is worth a few extra dollars for the safety. I've thousands of miles in non-abs cars on racetracks, so I understand threshold braking. Opinions on this subject on these forums (and plenty of others) span the entire spectrum. For me, I think it is worth the extra money if I can get one, but ABS sans farkles vs no ABS with farkles, then I start analysis paralysis.
 

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Please elaborate on the difference. I understand it will feel different on two wheels instead of four, and when the front wheel locks you're in big trouble. Locking the rear in a turn can put you in a low side if you don't have good proprioception. I'm genuinely curious.
 

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Yes, definitely go for one with ABS. And yes 2012 and up comes with ABS. I would also suggest, if you can, go for Wee2 (2012 and up). Ps. There is great deal here on 2015. (check out "for sale" section). Good for fly and ride.
 

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It is mostly a matter of "feel". Basically, I am really good at threshold breaking in a car. I took several driving courses when I was in law enforcement, some in the military and practiced on my own quite a bit. So, when I learned to ride a bike my initial assumption was that it would just translate directly over. I discovered when I crested a hill and there was a truck stopped just over the crest that my breaking skills were not as good as I assumed, and that I needed practice. (No harm done. I locked up the rear wheel, let it go and scared myself with a wobble.) I suppose part of the difference may be that you are manipulating two break controls instead of one. It seems like the bike shifts weight to the front if not differently than a car at least more perceptibly. In a car, you don't have to and can't change the level of breaking on the front and back wheels separately as the car's weight moves forward. When you first hit the break on a bike the back tire has a lot more traction than it will in a fraction of a second. So it is easy to lock up. Also, when you threshold break in a car and a wheel locks up it is easy, even automatic to back off and let the wheel start turning again. If you do this on a bike when the rear wheel locks up, like you said, you risk a high side. One good thing is that with the weight moving to the front tire, unless you are on a loose surface you would almost have to try to lock up the front wheel. I guess, I really can't explain it other than to say, my experience transitioning over to a bike was that my breaking skills in a car did not come with me. While I understood threshold breaking in theory, I had to start all over teaching my hand and foot to actually do it.
 

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I don't want to sound like a know it all, it is just when you were talking about your thousands of miles in a race car threshold breaking, you sounded a little like me when I started riding late in life.
 

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It's brakes and braking folks, unless you are trying the get the change out of a piggy bank. I know it's bad form to talk spelling in an international forum, but it's a basic for car and motorcycles sites.
 

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It's brakes and braking folks, unless you are trying the get the change out of a piggy bank. I know it's bad form to talk spelling in an international forum, but it's a basic for car and motorcycles sites.
You are correct and I apologize.
 

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So the ABS systems on these aren't linked? If not, then that description makes perfect sense :grin2:

One of my wife's "demands" about motorcycling is that above else, she wants me to be safe. Therefore, I've decided to limit my searches to only ABS-equipped models. I'm talking to three different sellers I've found on Craigslist. Will update once a Strom is acquired!!
 

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So the ABS systems on these aren't linked? If not, then that description makes perfect sense :grin2:

One of my wife's "demands" about motorcycling is that above else, she wants me to be safe. Therefore, I've decided to limit my searches to only ABS-equipped models. I'm talking to three different sellers I've found on Craigslist. Will update once a Strom is acquired!!
Safety is always a good decision. ABS just might save your "caboose". You never know.
My number 1 rule is come home in one piece and live to ride another day.
 

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Ownership imminent!

Barring unforseen events, next week I will be bringing home a 2013 DL650 Adventure ABS. It is well-farkled with Suzuki side and top cases, corbin saddle, windscreen, crashbars, and more. One owner, 22k miles. I am very excited!
 

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Barring unforseen events, next week I will be bringing home a 2013 DL650 Adventure ABS. It is well-farkled with Suzuki side and top cases, corbin saddle, windscreen, crashbars, and more. One owner, 22k miles. I am very excited!
Very nice looking ride. I also like the back rest on the seat.
 
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