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As my bike is down for a week instead of riding I am reading this form. Bought my bike new in 2012 and have driven it, LOTS. For everything touring, "off road", commuting, short weekend trips and my other vehicle is a truck so on long trips with out hauling I drive the Strom.

I did not purchase the Strom because I could not afford one of the other ADV bikes. I drive it because this is the first time I am not driving while waiting for parts.

Reading over this past week a common theme keeps coming up over and over. Gas mileage, cost of ownership, purchase price, save money buy used etc...

So to my question: sorry it took so long.

Did YOU purchase your Strom because of cost, or reliability? Maybe there is another reason?
 

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I just bought a 2012 DL1000 in Toronto and rode it across Canada to its new home in Victoria BC. Did my research and the VStrom is something of a Dark Horse in the adventure bike world, doesn't do anything great, but does a lot very well. Being retired, price point is important, and from what I read and heard reliability is exceptional. Have friends who owned one, spoke highly of it, and other riders that spoke highly of it even though they did not own one. Bike will never be a ditch banger, but it will be a very versatile ride.

Was always interested why so many adventure sport touring bikes were being sold, especially to older folk - either take the plunge or stop looking, so I took the plunge and glad I did. After riding across Canada, understand the attraction. My Vee is 350 lbs lighter than my 1500 Goldwing and 250 lbs lighter than my 1200 Goldwing (not selling either).

Looked for one that already had specific items added to make the bike a closer fit for me and kept the after purchase costs to a minimum for this aspect. Fortunately found one. The PO was same height and close in weight to myself so the bike fit me ergonomically from the get go. This is allowing me to focus on the engine and bike performance issues such as the clutch basket mod, Holeshot Supertune Tuner, series RR, and such.

The VStrom is filling a niche for me, easy to ride and most of my year is spent riding around town and doing short hops. It will not replace the 1200/1500 as my two up touring choice. The Mrs has had a ride and is quite pleased but has categorically stated it is not a long distance touring bike.

There are issues I am addressing, but all bikes have issues. It's easy to work on, not a lot of plastic to remove like my Goldwings, and relatively inexpensive for parts.

Patience with looking for one of these bikes is the key and you will be able to find one that is kitted out to suit you.

The price I paid for this bike was significantly less than a similar year and style of bike from a different OEM. This allows me to do upgrades, address issues and still be at a cost that is less than the other OEM bikes.

Long winded cost/reliability answer, price will always be important, but reliability is the key to keeping the bike for a long time. How many people would fly 3/4 of the way across a country and drive some 5400 Kms back home on a bike that was bought sight unseen except in pictures. Reliability plus I'd say, and at a good price point.

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Like oldjeep, I got my '04 cheap and because I had a chance to test ride one during service on my other bike.
The Wee rang my chimes and then I find out the early 650's are like bullet proof and have an aversion for dealer time.
Even a big time wreck in Utah was only a bother to order parts and reassemble while I was recuperating from being bounced around.
Insurance paid for that so I wasn't out anything.
 

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I bought my 2017 DL 650 new. I chose it over the Kawasaki Versys because the DL had a V-Twin which I wanted purely for aesthetics. A little better hp and torque curves for the 'Zook, but it's also slightly heavier. It also has a longer wheelbase than the Kawi, which I thought would be a little better for comfort and luggage, and for me a little better seat/bar/peg relationship.
YouTube comparisons seemed to like the Vstrom more in the dirt, which was a consideration for me.
I never adjusted the front suspension from stock on my ZX11, so whatever the Vstrom has is ok for my kinder, gentler riding these days.
I wasn't prepared to go all in on a KTM or BMW for my first venture into adventure bikes, and I am overall very pleased with the DL.
Maybe trade for an MV Augusta 800 Lusso when the time comes, I'd have one of only a handful in my time zone. :grin2:
 

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I was planning on buying a BMW RS1200....which I am going to test drive on Saturday. I bought my 2017 new because of the value equation. 5 year warranty, reputation as reliable, ABS, traction control (Which works great on dirt). I am very happy with the purchase because it seems so competent. I do not need faster. I would only go faster on a more powerful bike. My plan is to go at whatever pace feels right and enjoy the ride.
I have thoroughly enjoyed setting it up for the task and have spent quite a bit on little stuff that makes a difference. I think it is a great design. The only thing I don't enjoy is taking off the screws under the fairing. I know it is cheaply built in this regard.
 

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I can buy any bike on the market today, brand new yet one of 3 bikes I own currently is v-strom 650 xt, why?
Because I like how it looks, perform, handle and how comfortable and reliable/safe it is, simple as that.
I need bikes which don't let me down whenever I turn the ignition key and whenever I'm in trouble wile riding.
Relatively low cost of ownership is a nice adds on. Competitors for v-strom were yamaha super tenere, new Africa Twin
and new T700 tenere. DL 650 won :)
 

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...... Did YOU purchase your Strom because of cost, or reliability? Maybe there is another reason?
The V1000 fit me really well - great ergonomics. The Strom also had a great reputation.

Done and Done :thumbup:
 

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Reliability was important for me. Second was something that could carry a load, travel distances, & handle a few dirt roads better than my ZX-9.
 

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I was in search for a Versys 650 and was getting impatient to I included the V-Strom 650. I read and watch reviews and there are pros and cons for each, which I didn't worry about too much. They're both reliable and I wasn't planning on going off road too much. I just happened to find a better deal for my bike before anything else. Do I regret anything--absolutely not. The V-Strom has been great so far and I'm looking to hold on to her for a foreseeable future.
 

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Cost mainly, but the reassurance of it's reputation of being rock solid was the tipping point to make my decision. I bought a 2012 650ADV last October with 50,000 miles and will have put on 7.5K this season with only an oil change in required maintenance since purchasing it.

I had a Yamaha Stratoliner 1900 and loved touring on it. The idea of expanding the places and types of roads I could explore intrigued me so I was looking for a test bike to see if more of an adventure tourer was my style. For that the VStrom was a perfect test.

I rented a Super Ten 1200 out west a couple weeks ago for 11 days. I'm in no rush but, when it's time to replace the 2012 DL650 I'll most likely be on one of those. No slight against the VStrom at all. It's great as what it is. I'd just like a little more.
 

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As my bike is down for a week instead of riding I am reading this form. Bought my bike new in 2012 and have driven it, LOTS. For everything touring, "off road", commuting, short weekend trips and my other vehicle is a truck so on long trips with out hauling I drive the Strom.

I did not purchase the Strom because I could not afford one of the other ADV bikes. I drive it because this is the first time I am not driving while waiting for parts.

Reading over this past week a common theme keeps coming up over and over. Gas mileage, cost of ownership, purchase price, save money buy used etc...

So to my question: sorry it took so long.

Did YOU purchase your Strom because of cost, or reliability? Maybe there is another reason?
Neither.
Virtually any bike you can buy today is going to be reliable, and cost wasn't a big factor. I was looking for a light weight sport touring bike, and the 650 Strom seemed like the perfect bike for me. Almost 13 years later I'm still very happy with the decision.
 

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Virtually any bike you can buy today is going to be reliable, and cost wasn't a big factor. I was looking for a light weight sport touring bike, and the 650 Strom seemed like the perfect bike for me. Almost 13 years later I'm still very happy with the decision.
Don't know that i have ever heard a vstrom referred to as a sport touring bike before.
 

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Full suspension, lots of options for farkles, weight, power, two up capable with luggage options, and similarities across multiple years were my factors for consideration. The decision was down to the V2 or the S10. My takeaway was the s10 had better highway manners and I really liked that is a shaftie. The V2 has a definite weight advantage, but then there’s the chain to fool around with. The s10 is more money than the strom but it has some standard kit that you don’t get on the Strom. Because I had a wee in the past that was a good experience, I was slightly tilted to the Suzuki. I could have gone with the s10 and been happy as well.

Fuel consumption was never a factor. My truck averages about 15 mpg combined city/highway so most any motorcycle that I was considering would be at least double or triple that. Minor annoyance though is the 91 octane requirement.

Insurance not a factor at all. I only get liability coverage so it hovers around $100 per year regardless of the bike
 

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.......I only get liability coverage so it hovers around $100 per year regardless of the bike......
Side Note:

IMHO You should also carry as much 'Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage' that you can afford.
Just ask me how I know!!!
 

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I wanted an adventure bike. I was a bit squeamish about the rumors of maintenance and lack of parts availability for the European options. Super Tenere felt too high and too big... made me nervous just throwing a leg over it and lifting it off the side stand in the showroom. The KLR was too small and not available in 1000cc (planned on plenty of 2-up interstate). Although I didn't look at the Tiger initially, I did have an opportunity to ride one a year or so after purchase.

So reputation and parts availability were big factors for me. The V-Strom Adventure (including the added cost for the factory accessories) being 3/4 the price of the others didn't hurt either.

I wanted the design updates that were only available on the 2014+, so used was not an option. There was 1 used unit available at the time (300 miles away), but the seller wanted basically the same price as I could get on a new leftover... Suzuki was offering 0% financing at the time, so any price difference was easily negated by the lack of interest payments.

Hope you're back on the road soon...
 

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I have heard that the KTM needs valve adjustments ALL the time and a close friend of mine owns a BMW and his nickname is B broken M motorcycles W world wide. That is where the reliable question came from.
 
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