Turning 50 this summer. I have been and off-road rider/racing all my life, adding Dual Sport riding on KTM's (EXC, XCFW, and so on). Knobbies on the road. So after a lot of research (folks like you all) I bought a Strom. I have had it 3 weeks and have taken 2 450-500 mile trips, as well as local riding.
-LOVE the bike, able to feel comfortable quickly
-all the power I want, and rolls on nicely
-suspension seems plush but solid
-gas mileage insane
-EVERYTHING you Stromtroopers claim about these bikes, good and bad is spot on
-Seat SUCKS I am more comfortable on my KTM brick seat in a 2 hour harescramble than I am on the Strom.
-Front end can get head shake if I let go of the bars, only sometimes. (I run a GPR off road, and I don't know if a bike with a faring etc is going to get wobbly by nature)
-Do the bikes not like downshifting? Is that common knowledge with street bikes? It has a lot of engine braking anyway, so I have found that 6to 5 is fine, but it does not like to drop into 4th when coming to a rolling stop..no big deal, just trying to learn.
Thanks for the info you guys have shared, very useful. Call me a Stromtrooper 'cause I'm hooked.
BTW, the picture was taken by my phone Tuesday night at Willville Campground in VA. AWESOME motorcycle omnly campground. Stumbled on it by virtue of very little planning. Hell yes.