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I would really like to buy a DL1000 for a lot of reasons. I love V-Twins, great ergo's, reliable, good reviews, good in twisties, can do fire roads.

But, I also want to do some long distance touring, some of which will be on the interstates. I rode a 2004 BMW R1150RT this week and it was the most "quiet" bike I ever riden at 80 to 90 mph on the highway. The electric windshied and fairing are unbelivably good.

But, I am quite concerned about the reliability (and cost of repairs of recent BMW's ... $2500 for rear drive failue or ABS failure ... both of which seem to be problem areas).

Question ... anyone who has experince with the R1150RT wind protection AND the VStrom ... can it be close with the MadStad bracket?
 

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:D Not R1150RT, but I did come from a succession of 2 Goldwings/1 ST1100 and most recently a '03 K1200LT....which I traded for my current '05 DL1K Strom.

Currently have the MadStad bracket and a 23" Cee Bailey windscreen.

There is really no way to compare the VStrom to the big tourers, as the wind protection/quietness cannot be duplicated. The Strom was never intended to be in the same league as the big touring bikes.

That said, I have done some longer trips on my current bike, and actually enjoy it MORE! With a good pair of ear plugs, and the tall windscreen, I (and my wife) are more than comfortable. Rain protection is just fine.

What you give up in creature comfort will more than be made up riding a MUCH lighter/maneuverable motor bike, IMO.

Hope this helps.....I'm open to questions!
 

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Thanks Matt, That's kind of what I expected. I rented a DL1000 from Nick at Hale's Motors in Prescott. about a month ago and really liked it. Ear plugs did make a big difference, but he had not heard of the Madstad bracket.

Have you done many of the fire roads around Prescott? I've done most of them on my F650. The Cherry-Perkinsville-Jerome is one of my favorites.
 

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Most of my fire-roading is done aboard my BMW R100GS.

The VStrom is my road bike, unless I find a tasty little dirt road along the way!
 

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For a long distance Hwy tourer its hard to beat the Honda ST1300, although Kawaski has a new Sport Tourer comming out that I would like to try. I think its called the Concours 1400.I've got the ST and DL1000 the St is better for long distance mileage eating and the DL for mountain roads and dirt you need one of each.
 

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I switched from a RT1100 to a Vstrom 650 recently. I did not enjoy the motor on the BMW as it was quircky. Also the BMW with the wind protection was hot here in the Texas summers.

The 650 strom actually feels faster than the RT did.

The good:
Strom is lighter and feels faster. Easier to handle in low speed and parking lots. Seating position is very comfortable. Better milage, cheaper parts and less maintenance. Japanese realiability. Handling is very good at speed as well. Much cooler in the summer. Tires last longer.


The bad:
Still trying a new windshield to get rid of buffeting (RT had none). I have the madstad bracket also for the strom. Gets blown around a little more on highway because it is lighter than the RT. Very high speed handling does not seem as secure. No ABS. No heated grips. Colder in the cooler temps.

Overall I love the strom but I have only had it a few months. If I can get the buffeting figured out I will like it even more. The 650 is an awesome motor, and I have ridden the 1000 before as well.
 
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