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I was a long time BMW owner/rider. Six different BMWs from 1995 to 2009. I sold my 2002 R1150GS Adventure last year after breaking my ankle and 3 ribs after a mud hole reached out and bit me (totally my fault).

Problem is riding is still in my blood. I'm thinking about a Wee Strom for a number of reasons. I know that I'll have to spend some money on suspension (ALL of my BMWs had Ohlins) but the idea of something smaller and lighter appeals to me. I know the Wee will be down on power compared to a V-Strom, but absolute power has never been a big deal to me.

Am I gonna be disappointed?

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Steve Heywood
Buckeye, AZ
 

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I don't think so. They don't have all the farkles that BMW's do stock and the Build quality is not as good IMO. However, they cost far less and you can add the farkles as needed. I went from a 145 HP St bike to the DL1000 , it does not weigh much more then the DL650, but the power between them is not really all that noticeable. I just picked the one I liked the best that I could find since no new 2010s were imported and new was not an option.

The big difference is the weight going from a really heavy bike to a lighter one is really a change for the better. Chains are not that big of a deal , although I would prefer a shaft drive. Compared to the BMW's they are less to service also.

For myself I wanted to get more back to basics of what a motorcycle is all about. Less electronics to screw up, no worries of final drive failures and sort of "point and shoot' riding. I just was tired of turning on the key waiting for the computer to sweep the system , lights flashing , hoping no error codes and all the rest. Good idea about the suspension , stock is not that great just average. These bikes just seem to run and run with few problems.
 

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I think you'll appreciate the easy and effortless handling of the Strom's - especially after your time on your mammoth GS....they're still "big boned" bikes, but they feel so light on their feet - a real pleasure to ride.
 

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There's this thing on the V-Strom, it's called "The Chain". This may, in the beginning, be the cause of some consternation for you, but eventually, it will become just like brushing your teeth, but messier...... one would hope.

Do the suspension right away, so we don't have to tell you that the front end "clunk" is perfectly normal.

The brakes may not seem as authoritative, but they're good enough for stoppies, to do this it helps to be a 6'-4" Toronto woman.

You may want to put a Suzuki emblem near the instrument cluster to remind yourself what you're riding when people ask bout your new "BMW".

You will never accidentally disconnect a spark plug with a stiletto heel when dismounting from a V-Strom.

Good luck,

Norm
 

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You may want to put a Suzuki emblem near the instrument cluster to remind yourself what you're riding when people ask bout your new "BMW".

Norm
or get a heat gun and remove the decals, the big "S" and maybe buy a logo for BMW off E-Bay for $8.00 and really freak out people about the "new model" :confused:
 

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I've owned a couple of BMW's over the years but maybe the magic of them is lost on me. I have owned many shaft drivers over the years too, and I prefer chains for a variety of reasons, mostly because they are dead reliable, gearing changes are easy and cheap, and its really fun to get new chains and sprockets once in awhile. Like getting new tires--its fun! I have 20,000 miles on my original chain/sprockets, and they are still looking so good I have no plans to change them anytime soon! I think o-ring chains made all the difference in how chain-drive works. Great!!

I love the bulletproof nature of my DL1000. It may be the best fitting bike I have ever owned (I'm real tall) and it just suits me to a tee. I always recommend DL's to everyone, especially if you're tall.
 
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