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I just got back from a 6-day trip to Steens Mountain in southeast Oregon, and spent much of the trip camping. I'd pull into a state campground and begin unpacking my DL650 (Givi V46 top case, E41 side cases, and a waterproof duffel and tent strapped to the passenger seat) and make camp. I was surprised how many other campers would come up and comment about how much 'stuff' I was able to carry on my bike.

One lady, who looked like she was in her mid to late 60s, told me my bike was pretty. I said, "Well, I'd say it definitely looks 'functional' but I personally wouldn't describe it as pretty. It doesn't have any chrome on it all." She said, "Well, I've been riding Harley's for over 20 years and _I_ think your bike is pretty!"

She elaborated and said that her husband doesn't ride, but she does, and that she's ridden many bikes but mostly Harleys. She was very impressed by how much I could carry and at how efficient the bike looked. "I bet you could ride that bike pretty much anywhere," she said.
 

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It's nice to see someone has a good eye.

I generally get something along the line of "That's a pretty big Ninja". :furious:
 

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I have noticed much the same over the last few years. Roll into a campground with my Kappa K48 top case, and K960 side cases, waterproof duffel on the passenger seat, camp chair tied to duffel, and tank bag. As I start unloading, invariably a passerby would remark about how they were astounded by the amount of gear I could get onto the bike.

The VStrom is a definite conversation starter.
 

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I've a few times had comments from older ladies that my bikes were nice looking - my previous old Concours, and just this weekend my Vee. They seem to like big bikes with hard bags and sensible riding positions - I think maybe they look at them and see the possibilities that are implied.
 

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I'm always amused when my single friends show up at the campsite with suvs packed to the rafters while I show up with my wife and all my gear neatly contained on my dl650.

That's not the amusing part though; the amusing part is when they have to borrow my stuff becasue they don't have everything they need.
 

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that was during a roughly 2400 mile round trip. Just some of what is on there: 4-person tent (I'm 6'4", the tent was chosen to fit my wife and I); sleeping bag; sleeping pad; tarp for under tent; pillow; CamelBak type water system; clothes for 5 days; cooking equipment; folding chair; spare parts, and tools. Mounted to the bike was a Sirius radio; 2 GPS's (one showing the map view, the older GPS-V showing data...so I wasn't always switching screens); MP-3 player; Cell phone mount; and J&M Audio unit to send all the inputed audio to my helmet speakers.

Its amazing what you can fit on even a small bike!

Jim
 

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I generally get something along the line of "That's a pretty big Ninja". :furious:
Welcome to the club. To a lot of folks, every cruiser is a Harley, and every sportbike is a Ninja.

Don't get me started on the people that think every motorcycle is a Harley. Dealing with some of these folks is an exercise in controlling my systolic and diastolic readings...


Great user name, BTW. :)
 

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It's always fun when you get the chance to tell someone you bought -- and fully equipped/farkled -- your V-Strom for less than half the cost of a base-model BMW with nothing on it. And without the reliability issues associated with the Bavarian brand.
 

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Welcome to the club. To a lot of folks, every cruiser is a Harley, and every sportbike is a Ninja.

Don't get me started on the people that think every motorcycle is a Harley. Dealing with some of these folks is an exercise in controlling my systolic and diastolic readings...
I lost count how many times someone said "nice harley" or "is that a harley?" when refering to my 6 cylinder valkyrie.
 

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I was at the Trail of Tears rally a couple of weeks ago in Florence, Alabama. My buddy on his Vee and me on my Wee parked among the thousands of cruisers, mostly Harleys. When we came back to the bikes after checking out the rally we had a small crowd around our bikes and I'm thinking, "oh crap, one of them must have fallen over."

Nope, it was just a bunch of folks checking out the Stroms. We had a good time standing around for an hour or so visiting with the nice Harley and some Gold Wing folks asking questions about our bikes and checking them out. I got a kick out the fact that the Stroms got that much attention when they were probably the least expensive bikes on the lot.
 

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I was parked on the BC Ferries heading back from Vancouver Island once. I was in the middle of a row of 2 dozen harleys (the chrome was hurting my eyes!). At the end of the trip, the harley guys on either side of my bike couldn't get to their rides because of the 8 or 9 people crowded around mine asking questions. The pirates were not happy about being ignored!
 
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