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Well, the time has come to look to the wisdom of the stromtroopers. Long story shorter, over the past 10 years i've had many makes of bikes, many sizes of bike. Went deep down the Euro bike rabbit, BMW, MV, now currently riding a Multistrada Pikes Peak. Love the bike, its been super reliable. But lifes priorities are shifting a bit, and i simply can't justify the insane cost of ownership of my italian stallion. I still ride a fair bit of miles a year, in some pretty shit weather for half of the year. Still do at least 1 big trip a year, and half a dozen 4 or 5 day trips, so comfort and amenities are important. But an engine with some serious poke is a definite want. Anyway, The 14+ Strom 1000 is really starting to appeal to me, on a lot of fronts. In my part of the world the 18's are currently offered with a 5 year warranty and a 500$ gas card. I could very nearly straight trade my multi in and start fresh with a dl1000. I still need to find a demo obviously, but i just am not finding many downsides to this bike, or many reasons why i wouldn't be happy coming from a multistrada.
 

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Downsides "likely" for you will be wayyyyy down in hp, no cruise control, no electronic suspension, no factory heated grips, no ride by wire, inferior brakes/suspension, no LED lighting.......otherwise you should like it. LOL

IMHO you should seriously look at a Yamaha Super Tenere, it will be the closet bike to your Strada with many of the same bells and whistles.
 

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Well I never owned a Duke, but I have gone through several BMWs and Moto Guzzis as well as two Triumphs, a Versys 650LT, and a Honda 700X DCT that I have for sale. I owed a 2005 Wee, a 2011 Wee and I just purchased a 2017 V Strom 650XT. I think it's my sweet spot. Great for the occasional gravel road, fun bike in WVA and the twisties, and will be ready to tour soon with the addition of a set of Caribou panniers.

The Multistrada gets great write ups in the mags, but then they don't need to deal with the cost of ownership a few years down the road.
 

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Owning a 14+ DL1000 can be a lot of fun. I love mine and it is my favorite bike, to date. However, I have never ridden a Multistrada Pikes Peak. Judging from the specs, it will definitely be a different experience.
Many, me included, just love the V-Stroms and keep coming back. In between owning 4 V-Stroms, I strayed a bit with sport tourers and such. Will I move on to another bike any time soon. I don't think so. The V2 is treating me just fine.
I would definitely take one for a spin and judge for yourself.
 

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The loss of 50hp from the multi will be a hit, but really nobody runs a multi in sport mode in the dirt anyways right, so dialing it down to 100hp puts it about the same as the V2 for power.

V2 is comfortable and light, much lighter than the tenere as Brian suggested >plonk<

Definitely give one a test ride and see what you think. I really like mine, and it is kind of fun adding all the extras to it, you will want to lower the pegs, raise the bars, add heated grips, change out the seat and the windshield, add some decent panniers and top box, a fuse block, aux lights, LED headlight, center stand, and all kinds of other stuff, there is a great aftermarket for this bike. Even fancy cruise control if your an old gezer and need it.
 

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Chains, tires, brakepads, oil changes, and occasional valve adjustments. That's about all you will ever need to keep your Strom running well.
 

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Depending on your style of driving a motorcycle, you will found the same or similar torque bethween 3.000-7.000 rpm. If you love radical Sport-mode sensations, Multistrada is on another level, perhaps the best with the KTM 1290 SA.
 

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Test Drive a Versys 1000 as well. It'll be a lot closer to the power levels you're use to and just as reliable.
Not even in the same league as the Duc for Hp or performance, but yes the 1000 Versys is an overall good touring machine and plenty sporty too.
 

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Not even in the same league as the Duc for Hp or performance, but yes the 1000 Versys is an overall good touring machine and plenty sporty too.
Yeah, it's definitely not a ton more power, but the versys 1000 is still closer to the duc if the OP is use to having upper rpm power that the vstrom 1k just isn't designed to deliver.

I found this chart interesting, because really the two bikes make identical power all the way to 7k rpm. This means that for most riders/tourers that normally don't spin passed the 7k rpm range it's really just about whether you want a v-twin or an inline 4.

I do prefer twins myself... hence vstrom.

 

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Wow, you're gonna take a hit by downgrading. It's not as smooth and engine, not as powerful, doesn't rely on electronics as much.

But over the three summer i've ridden my '14, i haven't regretted passing on a ktm or a bmw. A few recalls sure, but that's because Suzuki loves us.


Bonus points for allowing you to ride in a bmw or honda dealership along your trip for repairs, because you don't need special tools and programs to work on it.
 

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Yeah, it's definitely not a ton more power, but the versys 1000 is still closer to the duc if the OP is use to having upper rpm power that the vstrom 1k just isn't designed to deliver.

I found this chart interesting, because really the two bikes make identical power all the way to 7k rpm. This means that for most riders/tourers that normally don't spin passed the 7k rpm range it's really just about whether you want a v-twin or an inline 4.

I do prefer twins myself... hence vstrom.

Interesting chart. It seems to show that the V2 has right power at the right times, for everyday riding, of course.
If you are not looking to reach triple digits, ASAP, the V2 power can still put a grin on your face.
 

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You will probably find less HP equals a more relaxed ride, and the low down grunt will keep you up with most bikes on a normal ride. Traffic light GP,s are another story. Plus the easy maintenance, and cheap running costs will only add to the love, you don't need an exotic bike to enjoy the ride.
 

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Don't forget the occasional recalls
 
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