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My Evo Dyna Wide Glide was fun at slow speeds. It felt good, sounded good, and looked great! But there is a very long list of reasons why it was time to move on. What I need from you experienced Strom riders is an opinion: This should be easy, right?

Is this bike fun to ride when you're not in a hurry(obeying speed limits), and the scenery is somewhat bland, and the road is mostly straight, and you've been in the saddle for a while? Does the Wee/Vee have enough character to keep the ride interesting all on its own merit? Do you look back at it when you head in from the parking lot, or look at it from inside the window eagerly awaiting your time to ride? Does is MOVE you? Did you name/nickname your Strom?

Thanks! I'm looking forward to some interesting replies!
 
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Nope.

I'd buy another Hardley if I were you...based on what you're seeking

Coming from HD...you're going to be very dissapointed in the Strom.

I'm just sayin...

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My Evo Dyna Wide Glide was fun at slow speeds. It felt good, sounded good, and looked great! But there is a very long list of reasons why it was time to move on. What I need from you experienced Strom riders is an opinion: This should be easy, right?

Is this bike fun to ride when you're not in a hurry(obeying speed limits), and the scenery is somewhat bland, and the road is mostly straight, and you've been in the saddle for a while? Does the Wee/Vee have enough character to keep the ride interesting all on its own merit? Do you look back at it when you head in from the parking lot, or look at it from inside the window eagerly awaiting your time to ride? Does is MOVE you? Did you name/nickname your Strom?

Thanks! I'm looking forward to some interesting replies!
The criteria you have set up defines cruiser in my opinion. Straight boring roads are not where the Strom shines. As far as glancing back, anticipating the next ride and having fun :yesnod:.
 

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RE: Sold my Harley...

Ya know, I have owned many bikes and of them I had 4 HD's (only 3 were 1200 or bigger) and I have no regrets in my V-Strom. I really enjoyed my cruisers alot and I think of the big Vtwins I liked the Vulcan the best.
Now for the inspirational part of this rant, I have never owned a more versitile and fun bike to ride than my V-Strom. My big Chrome steeds always made me look back and think shiney, when I look back at the V-Strom, I am thinking of the next ride. If all you want to do is ride to the bar and back the Vee is not the answer, but if you often turn a trip to the store into 100 mile trip to find the perfect bag of chips then the Vee might be the bike for you. I bought my Vee because when ever I went on a 4 or 5 state ride I always end up doing atleast 100 miles or 2 on dirt or worse surfaces, and my big twins and wings and KZ's sucked at that, but the Vee is a dynamo in this regard. Don't get me wrong, the V-strom is not a dirt bike or even really a KLR or a DR, but it is one hell of a touring and commuter bike. It has over 100bhp, I can easily get 250 miles out of a tank of gas on the hiway and for the difference in price between my Vee and an HD or a Goldwing, you can take a month and a half off of work and go for a rideto New Mexico to contemplate existential egoism and eat Navajo tacos.

Good Luck in your decision making.
 

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My Evo Dyna Wide Glide was fun at slow speeds. It felt good, sounded good, and looked great!
Sounds like you really liked that bike. If you think a bike needs to be heard from 8 blocks away, you are going to hate the Strom. As for the looks, I actually really like how the Strom looks, but you can't see much of it while riding, I don't like coffee so what it looks like at the curb at Starbucks doesn't mean a whole lot to me.

Is this bike fun to ride when you're not in a hurry(obeying speed limits), and the scenery is somewhat bland, and the road is mostly straight, and you've been in the saddle for a while?
I'm not sure why I would want a bike if I'm obeying speed limits... :) Seriously though, that kind of drive, I'd rather be in my truck, set the cruise, Sirius sat radio, cold drinks, take my shoes off, etc.

Does the Wee/Vee have enough character to keep the ride interesting all on its own merit?
Well, I mainly commute on mine, but almost everytime I get off of it I say to myself "Damn, but I love that bike!"

Do you look back at it when you head in from the parking lot, or look at it from inside the window eagerly awaiting your time to ride? Does is MOVE you? Did you name/nickname your Strom?
When I ride it to work, I'm constantly going to the window to look at my Wee. When my wife and kids first saw it, they said it looked like a Japanese beetle from the front. Mine is also orange, I call it Beetlejuice!


I'm not sure what you are looking for, but I came to the Wee from a cruiser. It happened to be a Suzuki Intruder 800 and not a HD.

I wanted something more comfortable, with better wind protection (you are really exposed to just about everything on an Intruder), no chrome and no spokes. I wanted to sit more upright and not have my spine vibrated to death. I absolutely dreded riding my Intruder on the highways.

I've got all that and more with the Wee. Took me a bit to get there, I started looking at other cruisers. Thought my ultimate bike was a M109R, it was out of my price range, but rode a M50, more comfortable than my Intruder, but I didn't like the bar position, and still ultimately my feet were out in front. The Wee ended up being the perfect bike for me so far. Great commuter, much more responsive than my old bike, no chrome to polish, no spokes to clean. Hell, I haven't even washed the thing since I got it in August. Upright riding position and no killer lower back pain that evening after a couple of hours riding. I can also see taking extended trips on my Wee that I just never could see doing and not regretting it on my Intruder.

Maybe you should list the reasons you feel you need to move on, because all the questions you did ask scream for another HD.
 

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I've ridden cruisers but never owned one.

I don't think that there is any one answer for everyone, but I think the appeal of the the Strom isn't so much about the bike, but rather what you can do with it.

I think you won't sit in your garage thinking about how good looking the Strom is, or how shiny it is or the deep sound of the motor. You might find that the bike doesn't define you or what you wear or who you hang out with, but instead you define the bike. Instead of being a biker you might become that guy that rides all over the place. Instead of looking back at the bike (which I actually do now and then!) you might find yourself looking over Google maps figuring out where you can ride to next.

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I like the Strom on slow rides in scenic places much better than my old cruiser for these reasons... it sits higher, so I can see over things like bridge sides or dams. And if I still can't see over it, I can stand up on the pegs and get an ever higher vantage point. Third, and most importantly, I can do it without pain. Fourth, if while going slow I see an interesting dirt road, I can actually explore it.

It sounds to me like you gave up the cruiser for reasons that came up before you even considered the VStrom... that's my story too. Even at slow speeds, I could not travel long distances on my cruiser without my shoulder and hips giving me fits of pain *disclaimer: I had a shoulder and hip problems before the cruiser.*

The Strom, with its upright seating (legs below me, not way out front) gave me MUCH improved posture while riding which ennormously helps with my shoulder and hip pain. Also, virtually no vibes at all (even after I lost a bar-end weight) improves the shoulder situation immensely.

Now I can go on 250+ mile trips with 6+ hours in the saddle with no pain issues at all and can do pavement and dirt with only one bike.

Oh, I'd also rather ride a bike than shine its chrome. Had the Strom for six months, put 8,000 miles on it and haven't washed it once :)
 

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In my experience, cruiser guys and Harley guys in particular are biking for reasons of style and image, where the others (us Strommers) are in it for entirely different reasons. Me, I want a bike that handles great, can go offroad at least some, and fit me well (I like em tall). I want to run em hard and enjoy excellent value not only in the purchase but in all the years of ownership. I want to enjoy years of reliability and lots of varied terrain.

I love performance, and am not a slow rider. I don't have much regard for slow motorcyclists. I love to let er rip.

I have developed a passion for the kind of riding I do on the DL1000--its set up for sport-touring, and in my eyes it's a beautiful bike. It seriously grows on you! You begin to love it for all the things it does well.

I just blow on by the cruisers with a courteous wave.
 

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If you're a "park to polish, polish to park" kind a rider, you will find the V-Strom to be woefully inadequate.
 

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Almost exactly two years ago, I sold my 77 Low Rider to a collector from Japan. I used part of the proceeds to purchase my 07 Vee. To answer your questions from my perspective?

Is this bike fun to ride when you're not in a hurry(obeying speed limits), and the scenery is somewhat bland, and the road is mostly straight, and you've been in the saddle for a while?
Sure, you can putz along on the Vee and have fun at low speeds. We do Sunday am beach rides on A1A at 25 mph and enjoy it.

Does the Wee/Vee have enough character to keep the ride interesting all on its own merit?
Few bikes have the "character" of a Harley, but the Strom is fairly unique and very entertaining. It has sport bike characteristics, but it's a big bike and can also be a good sport touring setup. Many people ride them off-pavement as well.

Do you look back at it when you head in from the parking lot, or look at it from inside the window eagerly awaiting your time to ride? Does is MOVE you? Did you name/nickname your Strom?

Of course! When work is annoying I go out to the parking lot and gaze lovingly upon my Vee. It has a very unique style; people often think it's a BMW or other European bike. His name is Sam.
 

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OP,

This may convince you to buy a V-Strom or just about any other bike.......:jawdrop:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=721w4uS3jD0
LMAO at the vid. Gives new meaning to the southpark episode.

Chewy, your vid link starts with http://http:// for some reason and doesn't work.

texasridr, I'm sure there are plenty of vstrom owners who can answer yes to all the quesrions in your last paragraph, but I'm definately not one of them. IMO, I didn't see a single thing that described the vstrom in your post. Without knowing what your 'very long list of reasons why it was time to move on' from your harley, and unless you discover and appreciate the vstroms utility purpose, I have to agree with others and say you'll be disappointed in one.

The vstrom is about as far away from a cruiser as street bikes get.
 

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My Evo Dyna Wide Glide was fun at slow speeds. It felt good, sounded good, and looked great! But there is a very long list of reasons why it was time to move on. What I need from you experienced Strom riders is an opinion: This should be easy, right?

Is this bike fun to ride when you're not in a hurry(obeying speed limits), and the scenery is somewhat bland, and the road is mostly straight, and you've been in the saddle for a while? Does the Wee/Vee have enough character to keep the ride interesting all on its own merit? Do you look back at it when you head in from the parking lot, or look at it from inside the window eagerly awaiting your time to ride? Does is MOVE you? Did you name/nickname your Strom?

Thanks! I'm looking forward to some interesting replies!
It's a great bike but doesn't sound like a good fit for you.

Adventure-style bikes come with some tradeoffs that don't make much sense if you aren't going to be riding on soft surfaces or twisty roads. It won't express any "character" on such roads either. It's designed to be relentlessly practical.
 

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LMAO at the vid. Gives new meaning to the southpark episode.

Chewy, your vid link starts with http://http:// for some reason and doesn't work.

texasridr, I'm sure there are plenty of vstrom owners who can answer yes to all the quesrions in your last paragraph, but I'm definately not one of them. IMO, I didn't see a single thing that described the vstrom in your post. Without knowing what your 'very long list of reasons why it was time to move on' from your harley, and unless you discover and appreciate the vstroms utility purpose, I have to agree with others and say you'll be disappointed in one.

The vstrom is about as far away from a cruiser as street bikes get.

Ozart,

Thanks, I fixed it.....I thought that the link setup through this website was the problem... but it worked if you did a "copy & paste" in your task bar.:confused:

But I corrected it and the "clicky" seems to work now..........:hurray:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=721w4uS3jD0
 

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The answers you seek are inside your own head, Grasshopper. Will you fall in love with the girl in the picture? Go meet her and you will have your answer.
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For about 4-5 months I had an 09 Electra Glide and an 09 Wee in the garage. During that time I put 6k on the Wee, and about 1k on the EG. I delivered the HD last week to it's new owner in Vancouver, BC.

The Wee is a tool that I apply to enjoy motorcycling. Most days on the Wee I don't even think about it. The bike just disappears when I ride it.

The HD is much more about the bike. It's great looking, attracts attention, longs for polish, etc. It's a great ride in a straight line at 70MPH. If I was going to ride across the country on the interstates I'd take the HD in a heartbeat. I know I'll get flack for this, but I consider the current model HDs very economical to own and service. They are also very reliable. And if for some reason you do have a problem, the odds of breaking down in front of a dealer are pretty good. :)

But the reality is I enjoy riding across the country doing my best to avoid the interstate. I get a much bigger thrill discussing my H4 relay kit on the Strom than a chrome thingy for the HD.

Of all the things the Wee does well, I consider it at it's worst going down the highway much above 55. That's not what it was made for. That is what the HD was made for.

I've looked back at every motorcycle I've owned after leaving it parked. :)
 

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Of all the things the Wee does well, I consider it at it's worst going down the highway much above 55. That's not what it was made for.
Hmm. I have no complaints. See my map. An aftermarket seat, windshield and cruise control may be the difference though.
 

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Is this bike fun to ride when you're not in a hurry(obeying speed limits), and the scenery is somewhat bland, and the road is mostly straight, and you've been in the saddle for a while? Does the Wee/Vee have enough character to keep the ride interesting all on its own merit?
Owning a Strom isn't about the motorcycle so much as it's about the riding it opens up for you. Therefore, my answer to your question is "no", but that doesn't mean I think the Strom is boring either.

In my mind, riding a motorcycle with emphasis on the machine rather than the ride is like putting emphasis on a paintbrush rather than the painting. Maybe that's why I have a hard time seeing things from the perspective of a Harley rider.
 

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For about 4-5 months I had an 09 Electra Glide and an 09 Wee in the garage. During that time I put 6k on the Wee, and about 1k on the EG. I delivered the HD last week to it's new owner in Vancouver, BC.

The Wee is a tool that I apply to enjoy motorcycling. Most days on the Wee I don't even think about it. The bike just disappears when I ride it.

The HD is much more about the bike. It's great looking, attracts attention, longs for polish, etc. It's a great ride in a straight line at 70MPH. If I was going to ride across the country on the interstates I'd take the HD in a heartbeat. I know I'll get flack for this, but I consider the current model HDs very economical to own and service. They are also very reliable. And if for some reason you do have a problem, the odds of breaking down in front of a dealer are pretty good. :)

But the reality is I enjoy riding across the country doing my best to avoid the interstate. I get a much bigger thrill discussing my H4 relay kit on the Strom than a chrome thingy for the HD.
I'd agree with this, even the economy part.

My wife has a 2009 Dyna Street Bob.

I can ride it whenever I want.

When I do, it's usually to top off the gas tank or to keep the battery charged up. I've tried to have fun on it, but it just seems like too much work. The HD experience is definately more about being seen (and heard) than about riding. (in my own humble opion)

I've given the Harleys a chance, I feel it's my patriotic duty to own one. I've ridden bikes from all the HD lines, including a week on a Road King. They just don't do it for me, except maybe for riding two-up, I'll pick the DL every time.
 

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Of all the things the Wee does well, I consider it at it's worst going down the highway much above 55. That's not what it was made for. That is what the HD was made for.
This is my opinion also. It's not bad at all though (and actually pleasant) if there's no wind or you're traveling with a direct tail wind, but this is rarely my case.
 
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