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I've been wanting an Adventure/Dual Purpose/Enduro bike for a few years now and finally getting very close to pulling the trigger. I live out in the middle of nowhere and the nearest normally stocking dealer of any kind of new motorcycles is 100 miles away, so reliability and ease of maintenance is VERY high on my priority list, so that's what brought me to the V-Strom DL1000. The nearest new V-Strom to me of any kind is 111 miles away and the nearest 2019 V-Strom 1000XT Adventure is 200 miles away, so I'm doing a LOT of online research trying to learn about them.
 

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They DL1000/650 have proven to very reliable over the years. What do you consider Adventure/Dual Sport/Enduro riding?


The DL's are heavy with not a lot of ground clearance or suspension travel. I bough mine with the intend of never taking it off road as it is heavy. I really didn't like my DR650 (around 100lb lighter than the DL650) for anything more than groomed fires roads and "c" class trails. Get on "B" class trails and the weight started becoming a big problem. I have done several dual sports with the DR and hated some of the more technical rocky sections because of dated suspension and additional weight. If I was on a DL I would have left the bike for dead and walked out. Enduro's around here are timed sanctioned race events where every one is on a lightweight Euro with gobs of suspension, power and super lightweight. Trying to run a DL1000/650 at one of theses events would be like running a Harley Electra Glide at a supercross race and wondering why your not have a good time or at the front of the pack.


The DL series bike is a lot like 80/20 or even 90/10 tires. Way more biased towards street riding and okay for stuff like groomed fire break roads.
 

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Agree with Perazzi. It’s easy to get carried away in a certain direction doing online research. Enduro can mean different things to different people. I love my DL650 and it’s perfect for paved roads and dirt roads alike, and going through a little bit of mud or sand every once in a while can be fun. But just like a 1250GS or a 1290 KTM these 500lbs+ bikes are not made to go over fallen logs or through the Amazon jungle. There are of course professional riders who make for great commercials sitting on a giant BMW or KTM doing just that but the average person will not be happy when faced with the same situation. The V-Strom is in the same ballpark but more street oriented despite the lower weight.
 

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PerazziMX14, Not into any kind of races anymore. Got that out of my system decades ago. I enjoy running backcountry gravel and dirt roads, forest service roads, two-tracks, and some logging roads. I want to make a run at the Alaska highway to Prudhoe Bay. Also want to do the TAT and some other long distance trail rides.

The nearest town to me that's over 20,000 population is Columbia, MO, and it's a little over 100 miles away. I've found a way to do that 100+ miles on gravel and dirt, with a total of less than 3 1/2 miles of pavement, all the way from my garage to inside the city limits of Columbia.

But I also want to be able to jump on the interstate and do 85 - 90 mph and 600 miles at times, otherwise, I'd probably just get a KLR650 while some new ones are still around. Also, I like to camp off of my bike.
 

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Sounds like the Strom fits the bill. I jumped to an adventure bike for riding position and occasional unpaved road travel, which coming from a ninja where the sight of dirt made it squirm was a big difference. Maintenance has been easy, other than taking care of the chain, but no different than any other chain driven bike. Just installed an oiler which has been working out for the most part.
 

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PerazziMX14, Not into any kind of races anymore. Got that out of my system decades ago. I enjoy running backcountry gravel and dirt roads, forest service roads, two-tracks, and some logging roads. I want to make a run at the Alaska highway to Prudhoe Bay. Also want to do the TAT and some other long distance trail rides.

The nearest town to me that's over 20,000 population is Columbia, MO, and it's a little over 100 miles away. I've found a way to do that 100+ miles on gravel and dirt, with a total of less than 3 1/2 miles of pavement, all the way from my garage to inside the city limits of Columbia.

But I also want to be able to jump on the interstate and do 85 - 90 mph and 600 miles at times, otherwise, I'd probably just get a KLR650 while some new ones are still around. Also, I like to camp off of my bike.
That’s pretty much what I got mine for. The V-Strom is a proven adventure traveler. I think the current motorcycle press confuses this with the ability to do serious single tracks, whereas for many people including me the “adventure” capability just means being able to visit pretty much any destination on the planet by means of whatever most suitable road leads to it, without actively trying to get oneself into impossible situations.
Besides, it is just a very comfortable and practical motorcycle in all weather, so even if I never take it to Patagonia (I probably won’t) it is still great for anything the Northeastern US has to offer.
 

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The DR650 sounds like what your looking for. More than capable of 600 miles day (personally have done that and more) able to do highway speeds (personally have done that) and much better off road than the DL and all around better than and at least 40lbs lighter the KLR. Valve adjustments are screw and nut so no shims needed. 2 quarts of oil

Mine was outfitted with a 5.5 Acebis tank
Seat Concepts seat
Happy Trails pannier racks and Pelican 1550
Gold valve fork and shock internal sprung for my weight.

It was my touring rig for 2 years and loved twisty mountain roads on this setup. For me the only shortcoming for me was rear tire life.
 

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The DR650 sounds like what your looking for. More than capable of 600 miles day (personally have done that and more) able to do highway speeds (personally have done that) and much better off road than the DL and all around better than and at least 40lbs lighter the KLR. Valve adjustments are screw and nut so no shims needed. 2 quarts of oil

Mine was outfitted with a 5.5 Acebis tank
Seat Concepts seat
Happy Trails pannier racks and Pelican 1550
Gold valve fork and shock internal sprung for my weight.

It was my touring rig for 2 years and
 

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Judging by your description, I don't think a V-strom is what you need. Not sure on the comfort level of those larger dual sports, but a KLR or DR or something of that nature that can do highway speeds is probably what you need. Sounds like AWESOME riding though!!!

Alexi
 

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I tell people that the Wee I have is a great first real bike and a great last bike. As I am closing in on 70 the last statement has some experience behind it.
I run into "packs" at the Seattle Ferries. Commuters to the Peninsula. We line up in front of the cars as a courtesy of the State. All bunched together and waiting for the boat. Harleys, Versys's, a Buell Blast, Beemers (who stay on their bikes without removing their helmets, totally apart from the gang), Tigers and everything else that you can ferry commute on with the deep discount afforded.
The "gang" is in agreement. unsolicited, that my Wee is the optimum bike for enjoyment, on and moderately off road, reliable, comfortable and fun. I agree with the gang.
You can alway sell the darn thing if it doesn't fit.
I am on this forum. I am biased. But the "gang" isn't.
Pull the trigger.
 

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Judging by your description, I don't think a V-strom is what you need. Not sure on the comfort level of those larger dual sports, but a KLR or DR or something of that nature that can do highway speeds is probably what you need. Sounds like AWESOME riding though!!!

Alexi
Why do you say that? I don't know about the TAT but everything else is perfect for a V-Strom. And it does interstates very comfortably, which I cannot imagine being the word one would choose for a KLR or DR doing 85 for hours on end. I have never been on one but come on, a naked dual sport thumper?
 

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I agree with Hogges. I just did a couple off-pavement days with a 650 Vstrom, including some mud, a little sand, lots of rocky rutted double track, and it performed pretty well. I went to school in Columbia, so I have some idea what kind of terrain you're riding--kudos for stringing together 100 miles of gravel/dirt, BTW! Make sure to hit some pavement too, the 'strom is a blast in the twisties!
 

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Why do you say that? I don't know about the TAT but everything else is perfect for a V-Strom. And it does interstates very comfortably, which I cannot imagine being the word one would choose for a KLR or DR doing 85 for hours on end. I have never been on one but come on, a naked dual sport thumper?
I don't know. I just interpreted his post as the majority of his riding being offroad with the onroad portions (while significant) being much fewer.

If someone had said most of my riding is city and highway, but I enjoy stints of camping out in the woods here and there, I'd say a Vstrom seems great. Great road behavior and capable for comfortable offroad. I read his post as the opposite. So I would say look for something designed for offroad that is onroad capable, not the opposite.

Sure, you can take any bike anywhere, but if the Vstrom is a 80/20 bike, or even a 50/50 bike, I interpret his riding to be needing a 30/70 bike. Maybe I interpret the posters needs wrong. Or maybe I'm wrong about the bike. Just called it how I saw it.
I enjoy running backcountry gravel and dirt roads, forest service roads, two-tracks, and some logging roads. I want to make a run at the Alaska highway to Prudhoe Bay. Also want to do the TAT and some other long distance trail rides.....But I also want to be able to jump on the interstate and do 85 - 90 mph and 600 miles at times, otherwise, I'd probably just get a KLR650 while some new ones are still around. Also, I like to camp off of my bike.
 

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I like mine. I've ridden GS events enough over the years to know that flogging 600lb motorcycles over singletrack trails and up the faces of cliffs isn't really my idea of fun any more, but my DL1000 2014 is just such a practical day to day motorcycle I don't feel like I will ever need anything else.
 

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Sure, you can take any bike anywhere, but if the Vstrom is a 80/20 bike, or even a 50/50 bike, I interpret his riding to be needing a 30/70 bike. Maybe I interpret the posters needs wrong. Or maybe I'm wrong about the bike. Just called it how I saw it.
Agreed. It really depends on where on puts the emphasis. For me, I wanted and got more long distance comfort than my Sportster could provide, which otherwise did dirt roads and even dual tracks just fine. The fun in the twisties was a freebie I did not even look for or expect.
 
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