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Does anyone in Western CO or UT have a Vstrom that I could test ride for the day? I would like to make sure it is comfortable for me on longer trips before I buy one and possibly regret it later. I'm looking at buying a 1000 so that would be preferred, but a 650 should work as well. Much appreciated. Thanks!

I have been riding for 1 year w/ 4k miles under my belt. 0 accidents and 0 tickets.
 

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Have you thought of possibly renting a Vee or Wee ??
Yeah, I couldn't find anyone around here who has one and the places that rent bikes want like $350/day. That's an expensive test ride!
 

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And the Wee will most likely win you over if you ride one.

Very surprising for a 650 and more than capable for pretty much everything, including two up.

Unless you want to travel everywhere at Warp Factor 9 the Wee is the better choice [IMHO, others are bound to disagree, depends on you "real world" needs as opposed to your "perceived" wants].

Either bike is a top choice. :thumbup:
 

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Unless you want to travel everywhere at Warp Factor 9 the Wee is the better choice [IMHO, others are bound to disagree, depends on you "real world" needs as opposed to your "perceived" wants].
If motorcycles were all about "real world needs," we'd all be on a compact car forum, talking about how to get 5 more miles per gallon.

Bikes are supposed to be fun, not an appliance.
 

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that I could test ride for the day? I would like to make sure it is comfortable for me on longer trips before I buy one and possibly regret it later.
You know, I am not sure your one day idea is going to prove conclusive of how it will work for you on long trips. Yes, it's better than no test ride maybe, but many riders have had to personalize their bikes to make them comfortable. Others have to get in condition for long rides. And even others have different comfort thresholds on trips. (There was a guy on a Triumph forum a couple of years back who didn't like long trips cuz he couldn't stop at art galleries and shop!!:mrgreen:)

Have you done any long trips? Or, long rides? A 500 mile day on back
roads without working up to that mileage or making the bike one's own would cause some people to say the bike (whatever bike) is terrible. And they might be concluding wrongly because of not considering other factors such as their own conditioning or a crummy stock seat, etc.

Generally, if a V-Strom will not work for someone regarding comfort on trips, etc., probably not too much else will either. Just sayin' to consider the variables.
 

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You know, I am not sure your one day idea is going to prove conclusive of how it will work for you on long trips. Yes, it's better than no test ride maybe, but many riders have had to personalize their bikes to make them comfortable. Others have to get in condition for long rides. And even others have different comfort thresholds on trips. (There was a guy on a Triumph forum a couple of years back who didn't like long trips cuz he couldn't stop at art galleries and shop!!:mrgreen:)

Have you done any long trips? Or, long rides? A 500 mile day on back
roads without working up to that mileage or making the bike one's own would cause some people to say the bike (whatever bike) is terrible. And they might be concluding wrongly because of not considering other factors such as their own conditioning or a crummy stock seat, etc.

Generally, if a V-Strom will not work for someone regarding comfort on trips, etc., probably not too much else will either. Just sayin' to consider the variables.
The longest trip I have done so far is from GJ to SLC, about 300 miles. This was on my cruiser type bike and the trip was fun, except for the fact I had to stop every 100 miles or 1.5 hours to fill up and to stretch. My bike has become a little small for me and it only has a 2.6 gal tank or so. I would love to be able to get on my bike and go for 250 miles before stopping. I'm not going to buy the bike and go out and do an ironbutt, but would like the capabilities to do so. I can't keep buying bikes. Thanks for the input though.
 

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I bought a Wee without a test ride just from reading about it on here and other places. I drove it 500 miles to get it home, no regrets, it's my favorite bike out of all 10 or so that I've owned over the years.
If this is the type of bike you're looking for, just go for it!
 

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Buy a used 650 with under 20k miles for about $4K. If it's not ergo enough, sell it and get your money back. If it is OK but you want more horsepower, get a 1000. :thumbup: Reality check: 4k miles under your belt is more likely to repel any potential bike loaner than it is to attract.

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And the Wee will most likely win you over if you ride one.

Very surprising for a 650 and more than capable for pretty much everything, including two up.

Unless you want to travel everywhere at Warp Factor 9 the Wee is the better choice [IMHO, others are bound to disagree, depends on you "real world" needs as opposed to your "perceived" wants].

Either bike is a top choice. :thumbup:
My buddy was in the market for a bike a while back. Having sold a Ducati 900SS, he was convinced that he "needed" liter bike power, and that the Wee wouldn't be enough. I passed along a few links with Wee vs Vee discussions, and then pretty much left it up to him. He ended up finding a smokin' deal on an '04 Wee, and after the 20 mile ride home he called me gushing about how awesome the Wee was.
 
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