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Hello All,

Hi, I am new here, from Den Haag (the Hague, Netherlands). Bought my new 1050 DL at the end of July. Got some extra's with it:
  • protection in front of the oil filter (cowling?)
  • Givi Airflow screen
  • center stand
  • not on the picture: 2 black side hardcases by Givi, type Trekker II 35lt, brackets by SW-Motech
  • meanwhile I also have my TomTom Rider installed on a SW-Motech non-shock barclamp
Two weeks ago, I took the V-Strom for a trip to Germany (Odenwald). Great bike, handles great, fast. Not one second did I regret my purchase.
Below on the ferry near Rotterdam on my way home after just collecting the bike from the dealer. (The screen in the highest position, which I later changed into the lowest position).
BTW: my gloves on the fueltank, Jeans are specially for motorcycling and have kevlar lining and extra knee/hip protectors.

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Before I got the V-Strom, I test rode these bikes: Triumph Tiger 850 Sport, Ducati Multistrada 950, Moto Guzzi V85tt, Yamaha Ténéré 700. In my personal optinion, the V-Strom is the best ride. On the highway with strong (side)wind you do feel the bike going from side to side, but that's the only negative point I found so far. Perhaps also the lack of cruise control and heated grips like on the XT model, but then the price gap with the XT was too high.

Anyway, I am very happy with my DL 1050 and hope to make many more nice trips on it.

Below, picture taken in Germany (Wasserkuppe) with an orange/white XT in the background.

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Tony K
 

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Great choice, congrats (y)

How did your bike "all taxes and fees in" compared to the other bikes you considered;
Triumph Tiger 850 Sport,
Ducati Multistrada 950,
Moto Guzzi V85tt,
Yamaha Ténéré 700

And how much more was the XA?
 

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Thanks guys!

@Damirio:

Prices in NL, incl. 21% Taxes and even another tax called BPM:

Triumph Tiger Sport 850 € 13,300 (new)
Ducati Multistrada 950 (basic model, so not the "S") € 16,490 (new)
Moto Guzzi V85tt € 13,695 (new, the 2 color red/white version)
Yamaha Ténéré 700 € 10,399 (new)

V-Strom 1050 XT € 15,499 (new)
V-Strom 1050 DL € 13,999 (new)

I got a good deal on the DL:
  • € 1,000 discount
  • protection in front of the oil filter (cowling?)
  • Givi Airflow screen
  • center stand
  • 2 black side hardcases by Givi, type Trekker II 35lt, and brackets by SW-Motech
For the lot I paid € 13,649, so less than the official showroom price without extra's.

For your information, after the test rides my favourits:
1. V-Strom, no doubt, best handling, steering, output/power
2. Yamaha Ténéré (high idle, very high seating position)
3./4. Ducati and Triumph, undecided for me
5. Guzzi V85tt, weakest engine, best looks of them all
 

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Thanks guys!

@Damirio:

Prices in NL, incl. 21% Taxes and even another tax called BPM:

Triumph Tiger Sport 850 € 13,300 (new)
Ducati Multistrada 950 (basic model, so not the "S") € 16,490 (new)
Moto Guzzi V85tt € 13,695 (new, the 2 color red/white version)
Yamaha Ténéré 700 € 10,399 (new)

V-Strom 1050 XT € 15,499 (new)
V-Strom 1050 DL € 13,999 (new)

I got a good deal on the DL:
  • € 1,000 discount
  • protection in front of the oil filter (cowling?)
  • Givi Airflow screen
  • center stand
  • 2 black side hardcases by Givi, type Trekker II 35lt, and brackets by SW-Motech
For the lot I paid € 13,649, so less than the official showroom price without extra's.

For your information, after the test rides my favourits:
1. V-Strom, no doubt, best handling, steering, output/power
2. Yamaha Ténéré (high idle, very high seating position)
3./4. Ducati and Triumph, undecided for me
5. Guzzi V85tt, weakest engine, best looks of them all
You did get a smoking deal on your purchase, that dealer was very generous (y)

Multistradas are a bit overpriced, and the cost of ownership is not cheap. Great bikes and nice design.

I agree Guzzi did a stelar job on this V85tt, too bad the engine doesn't have more punch. And the price in NL seems reasonable.
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Triumph Tiger Sport 850 is also a Great choice and similar price, looks a bit like smaller Multi, but actually competing with Tracer and Versys in naked bike category.
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Yamaha Tenere700 is a "Super sized dirt bike" not really for extended touring"

So it seems Suzuki is a "no brainer purchase" once again, I bought my 650xa no test ride, purelly based on "my budget, the look, it's off road capability, and raving reviews on vstrom forums and YT"

Enjoy your new ride, don't forget to explore the beautiful Mediteranian and Adriatic coast, maybe early spring before June,July,Aug,Sep traffic madness. :)
 

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Thank you all for the welcome!!

You did get a smoking deal on your purchase, that dealer was very generous (y)

Multistradas are a bit overpriced, and the cost of ownership is not cheap. Great bikes and nice design.

I agree Guzzi did a stelar job on this V85tt, too bad the engine doesn't have more punch. And the price in NL seems reasonable.
Yes, an excellent deal. The company where I bought the V-Strom is not around the corner from my house, but a 50km ride. BUT a very nice family owned dealership with pleasant people. Few weeks after my purchase I had to go back to collect some stuff and they even reminded my first name. So I am glad I bought my bike there. When I first collected the V-Strom I had to go there by public transport. It took me 1) bus, 2) train, 3) light rail and 4) bus. 50km's in 75 minutes. I was really impressed. On the bike it is a little faster, but not a lot.

My previous bike was a Ducati Monster S2R 800 (2005). I have a mechanic, specialised in Ducati and he never overcharged me with maintenance. Always very reasonable. I would have brought my Multistrada to him. Will even trust him with the V-Strom, after the factory guarantee period. His shop is only some 6~7km's from my house.

I find prices in NL high, for both cars and motorbikes. First there is a so-called BPM tax (Tax Cars and Motorbikes) and over this tax another tax VAT (21%).
Electric vehicles are taxed less, but are expensive anyway.

Yeah, pitty on the Guzzi. I went to the dealership to buy the V85tt. But as I was going to spend a lot of money, I had to make sure to buy the right bike. After riding, it was very clear to me: 1. V-Strom 1050.

The Triumph had a beautiful paintjob (deep metallic blue, really nice), but less powerful than the Strom and, a weird "hole" between the handlebars and TFT screen:

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BTW, the Tiger 850 Sport which I rode had a different exhaust than the one on the picture above.

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That picture of the tiger/handlebars definitely looks like something is missing. Maybe that part got deleted as part of the cost cutting exercise. ???

One of the first mods on my 650 was to add a set of Oxford heated grips. Installation was pretty straight forward and they work great.
 

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Yeah, heated grips will be the next extra for my DL. I am not too keen on the looks of the Oxford unit. Prefer these ones from Koso:
(but we should stay on-topic, I do realize).

 

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Yeah, heated grips will be the next extra for my DL. I am not too keen on the looks of the Oxford unit. Prefer these ones from Koso:
(but we should stay on-topic, I do realize).

the "blue" led must indicate "cooling" 🥶😋

I have Oxfords, they are awesome and easy to operate with gloves, well proven product.
 
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