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Well my Vstar is now sold, and im still hunting for a strom. Going to see a few on Saturday.

wonering if anyone could give me a few pointers. Any years to stay away from?
what do you consider too high KM? Specific add ons i should be looking for?
 

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In order to answer some questions, we need to know if it is a Vee or a Wee you seek. There are some specific issues not shared by each model.

The Vee started life in 02 and had a few hiccups, the Wee was created in 04 and came out of the box relatively issue free.

I think you should get some good, helpful responses to your question from fellow forum members.

For farkles...wow, an impressive list of goodies exists to make a Strom your dream machine.

Personally, I place SonicSprings and an aftermarket windshield at the top of the priority list.

Cheers!
 

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If you are looking at the 1K Strom some have had issues with running smoothly. The solution seems to be the addition of a Power Commander. The 650 has not had those problems. Other than that, mechanical issues have been pretty rare with any of the Stroms.
They are all capable of high mileage but a lot of that depends on regular maintenance of course. Since they do not depreciate rapidly and used are not in great supply, buying new can be an attractive option. Look for last years model still in stock at the dealer. The '07 650 became available with ABS. It is standard on the '08 MY.
Most people seem to want to change the stock windscreen and the seat. Other than that a lot depends on your intended use. Luggage/luggage racks, crash bars, skid plate, handle bars, aux fuse box, hand grips are all popular add-ons.
 

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Dl1000

seems like all nicknoid things were fixed on the 1000 by 2005. i havnt had any major problems with my 05 1k. got 42k showing on the clock. :cool:
 

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Keep in mind the limited selection of windshields available for the 02 and 03 Vee. There were also clutch basket issues as well with the 1000. I suspect any with the clutch problem have long been looked after.

FI mapping seems to be a requirement for many Vees, the addition of a PCII seems to eliminate that issue. There is no requirement for the PC on a Wee.

I'm sure I will hear from Vee owners, but unless it is huge amounts of power you seek, the Wee is lighter, more fuel efficient and can travel long days at high speed fully loaded with all of your travelling needs. I do believe both bikes have the GVWR, the Vee being heavier, therefore the Wee can actually carry more "stuff".

Whether you end up with a Wee or Vee, you will be one happy camper.

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I'm leaning towards the 1000, but do you think the 650 will do? Im mostly into long distance riding. pros/cons of either?
 

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Pros: both rock

Cons:
Wee: Less power
Vee: more tinkering to get it running the way you want it
Both: several k in add ons.

-GW
 

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I'm leaning towards the 1000, but do you think the 650 will do? Im mostly into long distance riding. pros/cons of either?
Look at my mileage.....

;)

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Pros: both rock

Cons:
Wee: Less power
Vee: more tinkering to get it running the way you want it
Both: several k in add ons.

-GW
GW, shouldnt several K in add-ons be listed under pro's?

;)

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I have 41,000 km since I bought my 650 end of July of 2006. I commute from east of Newmarket daily, half of that is running down the 400 at anything from 110 kph to 140 kph. I have done 11,000 km this year so far with 5,000 km being a trip from north of Toronto to North Carolina. I went with another 650 and two 1000's. I don't think there was any real advantage the 1000's had over the 650's in the long distance riding. At higher sustained speeds geared up, the fuel mileage was roughly the same. At lower speeds (secondary highway and winding backroads) the 650 gets quite a bit better mileage.

Both are amazingly good handling bikes with many saying the 650 is a tad better although I suspect that it is mainly up to the rider in any event.

You most likely will want to add handguards if you got a 650, and centerstand (I am not sure if that was standard on the 1000.) For long distance riding most people change the seat, there are a ton of choices there, and if you read here much you will see all the different farkles that we love to put on the bikes and these would be common to both the 1000 and the 650.

For me the 650 was and is a great choice, but if there was no 650 I would happily buy a 1000.

..Tom


I'm leaning towards the 1000, but do you think the 650 will do? Im mostly into long distance riding. pros/cons of either?
 

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As far as add ons, I mentioned handguards and centerstand. For me the next things were throttle rocker and Madstad (adjustable windshield bracket.) I don't think the Madstad works on earlier Stroms (pre 04?) For me a change of seat was essential (I got a Corbin but there are a number of choices) After that there were a ton of things that I felt like doing that I could have done without but like having.

..Tom
 

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happy with a 1000

I agree with V-Tom, I rode my 2007 Vstrom 1000cc with him. It's now got about 14,000 on the odo. I got slightly better fuel economy traveling on interstate highways at speed than V-Tom on his 650, but I expect over all not much difference between a 650 or 1000 except due to the rider's use of the throttle. Except during some rider training last week at Fast Riding School on the Shannonville track, some of my horse power hose never been harnessed before.
I'd probably be happy with a 650, but the hp is lots of fun for 2 up riding when I want to accelerate and pass a car.
My bike has few farkles, (no center stand) but I do recommended a handy small magnetic tank bag, a large top box, a SuperBrace fork brace and Kissan PathBlazer headlight modulator. I happy with the stock windscreen. The gearbox is now super smooth with full synthetic oil.

Get a Vstrom and ride it. They seem maintenance free compared to bikes I knew in the 1970's.
 

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I came off of a Yamaha Virago and got the 1000, I love the torque of the bigger engine and I find the seating position better than the 650. Going to a bike with this much wind protection is great for me seeing as my old bike had none. If you had saddle bags on your old bike you will defiantly want to get some luggage for the new one and it's not cheap. I also like to have crash bars justin case something goes wrong (knock on wood). Any strom is a good bike and I don't think you'll be disappointed by either.
 
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