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....what would you have? And why?

Why did you get the V/Wee anyway? What was the decider?

I have a feeling a lot of the same 2nd place bikes will be mentioned though...Bandits, FJRs, BMWs....

Looking forwards to some interesting answers!
 

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I bought the DL650 because it suits the region where I ride, and the type of riding I do, to a tee. Twisty coastal roads, dirtroads, and 500 mile days in the saddle are the norm for me.


I'd have a Bandit 1250S, if the DL650 didn't exist. I'd even have one before I'd have a DL1000.

My buddy just bought one, and it's one heck of a great motorcycle.

Here's a few shots I took of him on his new bike, on a recent ride...




 

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....also, why V/Wee? Why did you go smaller/larger?
 

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I'd have a Bandit 1250S, if the DL650 didn't exist. I'd even have one before I'd have a DL1000.

My buddy just bought one, and it's one heck of a great motorcycle.

Here's a few shots I took of him on his new bike, on a recent ride...
Nice!
I have a DL1000, considering a dirtbike (klr maybe, it was my first bike after all! or the little Honda XR or whatever it's called!) and the Bandit instead.

Sweet looking pictures!
 

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I have a DL1000, considering a dirtbike (klr maybe, it was my first bike after all! or the little Honda XR or whatever it's called!) and the Bandit instead.
I have the DL650 for dirt roads and coastal roads, and a DRZ400 that's set up with deep gears and knobbies for serious off road use. I have never been happier than I have with these two bikes in my stable, in over thirty years of riding all kinds of motorcycles...






...It's truly the best of both worlds.


A Bandit 1250S and a DRZ400 would be a great combo, too.
 

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Nice!

That is what I am looking for...best of both! I though I had it with the DL 1000...until I tried taking ti off road! LOL! Way to heavy!

I'm considering getting a straight street/sport-touring bike and a dirt bike instead!

Looking to sit on a Bandit or an SV, or maybe even an FZ1 to compare...but I do like my big V though!:p
 

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LOL! Way to heavy!
No shit! And so are most so-called adventure bikes. I love that part in the Long Way Round series, when Ewen and Chuck are dropping their GS pigs every two seconds, but their cameraman 'Claudio' sails by them with ease, on a piece of crap Russian 350 two-stroke twin. It's such a no-brainer.

The DL650 and DL1000 are both great bikes, but defintiley not because they are great off road bikes. No amount of photos I may see of guys riding big bikes off road will ever convince me otherwise.

The Stroms are best when ridden in context...

They are both great bikes for people who don't want a boat for a bike, because they know there are going to be times when they will want to ride on dirtroads. Which is something bikes like the FJR, Goldwing, ST1300, or Connie 14 are all not very good at.

If you want something inbetween, a KTM 640 is the way to go, not a DL650.

Other Strommers get really pissed with me for saying that, but hey, it's just the way it is.
 

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....what would you have? And why?
Had I not seen my wee at the dealer, I'd probably have another cruiser style bike, just a bigger one. The bike I had before the wee was a Shadow ACE 750.

Why did you get the V/Wee anyway? What was the decider?
I've been riding dirt bikes 250cc and less since I was 12, so when I turned 18 (11 years ago), I decided to venture into street riding. To make sure I didn't get in over my head, I slowly progressed up in bike size. Started with a 250cc honda rebel, then a 650cc suzuki savage, then a 750 cc shadow, then the wee. When looking to replace the shadow, I wanted something with more oomph, yet still comfortable. So I was looking at bikes like the valkyrie, vtx, etc.... Then I saw the wee, sat on it, and never looked back. It had a comfortable seating position, with the heart of a sports bike. The salesman tried to get me to go with the vee, but when I saw that the tach didn't redline until 10.5k (which is about 4k more than what it would take to make my shadow explode), I said I'll stick with the 650 until I can comfortably handle the style of power output that this type of engine produces. That was August of 06. To this day I find the wee has plenty of power for what I do, and it is comfortable on long rides (with a gel seat and new windscreen). I have yet to find myself wanting more out of a bike.
 

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If there was no DL650 in my life, there'd be an SV650 instead.

I wanted an SV bad for several years. When I finally got prepared to buy a new bike I found that the DL had that same sweet engine, but wrapped in a more versatile bike. The Strom just "spoke" to me more.
 

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Current bike crop? Aprilia Shiver 750, in orange, hands down winner. Also in line would be the 1250 Bandit and the new 650 Bandit (GSX650F). Also the R1200R. All of these bikes have a similar size and riding style.

None of them would do as many things as competently as a Strom, IMO.
You say many things, what things?
I bought it thinking I could do two things, On-Road and Off-Road. It only does one.
Ok, On-Road, I commute on mine, and I want to tour on it too, so I guess that is more than 1 thing you can do, but what are the "many things" the V does that other bikes can't?:)
 

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For me, it would have been a BMW F650GS (at the time I was looking for the 'Strom). Very competent all around, and pretty reliable if you're willing to deal with some really obscure designs for maintenance. Lots o' aftermarket accessories, and not quite so BMW-expensive.

If I were buying today, I'd have to check out the Versys and the F800GS.
 

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Considering I don't do dirt very often I would probably give a close look at an M-50 Suzuki. Water cooled, injected V-twin with enough power to do the job. Still affordable compared to a lot of others. And a drive shaft too. A windshield, large trunk in place of the pillion seat to serve as a backrest and soft side bags. I could do that as long as I didn't need a leather costume.
 

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Considering I don't do dirt very often I would probably give a close look at an M-50 Suzuki. Water cooled, injected V-twin with enough power to do the job. Still affordable compared to a lot of others. And a drive shaft too. A windshield, large trunk in place of the pillion seat to serve as a backrest and soft side bags. I could do that as long as I didn't need a leather costume.
If you want shaft drive, why not something like an FJR? They are a pretty upright bike, but still sporty! Or is it more about the twin?
 

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I would probably look for a Yamaha XJ650 Seca.
 

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I get my bike bak from the shop later today.

I've had about a week to think about this.

I don't freakin' know.

I guess it would be a BMW, since that's the direction I was headed until I saw my first V-Strom.

It was a 1000, parked at the trailhead deep in the forest at the end of a long gravel road. I Googled it up and found this forum, did the math and there you go.
 

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I'd have a KLR or DRZ, most likely. That's what I was looking at getting...then I found out about the 'Strom, and test rode one, and it was just So Nice.

And seeing as I knew that only about 10% of my riding was going to be the unpaved gravel fire roads/back roads stuff, and the rest would be long hauls, touring, commuting...the choice was simple.

Now I just need a straight-up dirtbike. Vroom!
 

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I love the ZRX1200. Kawasaki makes awesome bikes. Maybe a ZX14 or Connie also. I'm keeping the Strom for the long haul though.
 
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