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...over at Oklahoma Honda-Suzuki.
Really, really nice. The beak is nowhere near as objectionable in person as it is in the photos, overall the bike looks great. It sits well, riding postion seems fine, the seat felt better than virtually any other stock seat I've been on.

They only have one, got it today. Not sold yet, but I doubt it'll last through Saturday.
 

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I'm afraid to stop in at my local dealer.
I'm safe at the moment, we have 2 house payments, so I can't even afford to pay attention. :) Once the old house sells though, I may take the plunge.
 

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I sat on one last week and liked it as well. While perusing articles on the web about the v-strom i clicked on "similar bikes" and the Triumph Explorer popped up. Now I know absolutely nothing about Triumph but ended up spending all afternoon reading about it. Has more power then V-Strom, cruise control, shaft drive everything I'm looking for. Price isn't much more. They have a small triumph dealer in Austin, sat on one and it was very nice. Now i'm torn, I have a deposit on the V-Strom, I know how reliable Suzukis are, owned 'em since a kid. The Triumph forums are riddled with small "glitches" like when applying the front brake the cruise doesn't shut off. I'm hoping the v-strom comes in soon...
 

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I sat on one last week and liked it as well. While perusing articles on the web about the v-strom i clicked on "similar bikes" and the Triumph Explorer popped up. Now I know absolutely nothing about Triumph but ended up spending all afternoon reading about it. Has more power then V-Strom, cruise control, shaft drive everything I'm looking for. Price isn't much more. They have a small triumph dealer in Austin, sat on one and it was very nice. Now i'm torn, I have a deposit on the V-Strom, I know how reliable Suzukis are, owned 'em since a kid. The Triumph forums are riddled with small "glitches" like when applying the front brake the cruise doesn't shut off. I'm hoping the v-strom comes in soon...
If you want shaft drive, why not the Super Tenere? It will be more reliable than a Triumph. You can pick-up a new 2013 for about the same as a 2014 Vstrom 1000 but it does not have cruise control. The 2014 Tenere has that feature but it is $2,300 more than the 2014 Vstrom.
 

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Triumph Explorer...

I was all set to buy the Triumph Explorer in 2012 when I went to the bike show in NYC. I was 99.99% sure this was the bike for me. I got on one, lifted it up, and it was VERY top heavy...with NO gas in the tank.
I then wondered around the bike show and saw the new 2012 650 vstrom...the bike I said I would NEVER own. I sat on it..and loved it.
I bought it when it came out in the spring. It is a wonderful bike. If the new 1000 was available then I would have purchased it.
After owning five BMW's in two years my vstrom is just fine. I went on a 9000+ mile trip to California on it last year and can say that I never needed any additional power. It just putts along, at 70, perfectly.
Sat on another Explorer again this past bike show. Nice bike...but...very top heavy. If I were to buy another bike other than the new 1000 it would be the new Tenere with electronic suspension....and cruise control.
But...I will just keep putting along on my 650.
 

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I was all set to buy the Triumph Explorer in 2012 when I went to the bike show in NYC. I was 99.99% sure this was the bike for me. I got on one, lifted it up, and it was VERY top heavy...with NO gas in the tank.
I then wondered around the bike show and saw the new 2012 650 vstrom...the bike I said I would NEVER own. I sat on it..and loved it.
I bought it when it came out in the spring. It is a wonderful bike. If the new 1000 was available then I would have purchased it.
After owning five BMW's in two years my vstrom is just fine. I went on a 9000+ mile trip to California on it last year and can say that I never needed any additional power. It just putts along, at 70, perfectly.
Sat on another Explorer again this past bike show. Nice bike...but...very top heavy. If I were to buy another bike other than the new 1000 it would be the new Tenere with electronic suspension....and cruise control.
But...I will just keep putting along on my 650.

Thanks MrPete,

i thought the same thing. I will be patient and wait for the 1000 to arrive. I started thinking about all the problems I had with my Triumph TR6 sports car back in the 70's. I'm sure Triumph is a good brand but in my head I wouldn't trust it 2500 miles away from home as I would a Suzuki...
 

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I just bought a new 2013 S10. Right after I sat on my first 2014 vstrom. It was the hardest decision I ever made. The S10 was $1300 cheaper...but that was only part of the reason for my switch. Chain maintenance was another reason. And lastly I thought the S10 had a little more dirt oriented suspension.

Right now I am keeping the strom that has been so near and dear to my heart.

I believe next year will be the year to buy a new strom. But right now, Yamaha is cutting major deals on the 2013 S10 and dealers are holding tight on the new strom prices.

The Explorer is a road bike IMO.
 

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Thanks MrPete,

i thought the same thing. I will be patient and wait for the 1000 to arrive. I started thinking about all the problems I had with my Triumph TR6 sports car back in the 70's. I'm sure Triumph is a good brand but in my head I wouldn't trust it 2500 miles away from home as I would a Suzuki...
Modern Triumphs are pretty reliable. Perhaps not quite on par with Japanese, but pretty close. Their recalls are probably no higher than other brands generally.
 

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I just bought a new 2013 S10. Right after I sat on my first 2014 vstrom. It was the hardest decision I ever made. The S10 was $1300 cheaper...but that was only part of the reason for my switch. Chain maintenance was another reason. And lastly I thought the S10 had a little more dirt oriented suspension.

Right now I am keeping the strom that has been so near and dear to my heart.
Just wanna say, congrats on the new ride, the S10 is a fine machine! Many happy miles to you!!
 

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Just wanna say, congrats on the new ride, the S10 is a fine machine! Many happy miles to you!!
Thanks Stoopy. I am heading out on the Strom tonight. I am planning on keeping it for highway usage and the Tenere for off-pavement rides closer to home (2 to 3 hours). I still have the utmost confidence in my Vee and it will be the first bike I put over the 100,000 mile mark.....just a tick over 2,000 miles to go. I plan on pictures where ever I am when the event occurs, then I will mash some wedding cake onto the front cowling for good luck.
 

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They still have the bike over at Oklahoma Honda/Suzuki, kind of surprising. I think it's the only one in the state, unless there's one up in Tulsa.

Go grab it!! Be the first on your block!! :)
 
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