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Alot of stromers don't go off road. They buy the strom because its got a great engine, great price,good aftermarket products and ugly(like a wife you get use to...and looks pretty after a while). 2 1/2-3 inches lower(tripling the number of riders but would NEED a HB riser back and up). Lower front forks(no front brace needed and front tires will last 3 thousand miles longer). Lower center of gravity(not so top heavy and easier to get back up after tipping over). 6 speeds are good (but a gear inicator and touring gearing are better). The lighter weight will get better MPG, more smooth ride and more tire life. There is no 650 touring bike out there anymore(this would fill a need and a large pricepoint and market needed)(direct fuel injection would give the bike more power and better MPG...a bike like this could get 80+MPG). And, with this lower bike, you don't have to grab your ankle and do the chicken hop to get your leg on the other side.
 

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Alot of stromers don't go off road. They buy the strom because its got a great engine, great price,good aftermarket products and ugly(like a wife you get use to...and looks pretty after a while). 2 1/2-3 inches lower(tripling the number of riders but would NEED a HB riser back and up). Lower front forks(no front brace needed and front tires will last 3 thousand miles longer). Lower center of gravity(not so top heavy and easier to get back up after tipping over). 6 speeds are good (but a gear inicator and touring gearing are better). The lighter weight will get better MPG, more smooth ride and more tire life. There is no 650 touring bike out there anymore(this would fill a need and a large pricepoint and market needed)(direct fuel injection would give the bike more power and better MPG...a bike like this could get 80+MPG). And, with this lower bike, you don't have to grab your ankle and do the chicken hop to get your leg on the other side.
The V-Strom as an excellent "TOURING" bike... Lowered, check. HB Risers, check. Metzeler super long lasting 880's, check. 17 tooth countersprocket, check. 50.5 MPG over a 6000 mile trip, check. Yes I had to put a few bucks into making it a worthy "tourer", but folks spend 3 times as much on a "touring" bike like BMW or HD and still put a bunch of money into them to get what they want. As far as the chicken hop, this 5'6", 56 year old has no problem simply swinging a leg over the seat, or steppin through.

Here are a few pics of my DL 650 T on a Route 66 trip Sept 09',









 

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K9 Wee straight off the showroom floor.
Givi top box and panniers included in the deal.

Then I went for a fourteen day ride, almost 3000 miles.

The Wee is already a great tourer.

Ock.
 

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There is no 650 touring bike out there anymore(this would fill a need and a large pricepoint and market needed).
Honda is going to bring the Deauville from Europe to the US to fit this market slot. It's a 700cc touring bike. Looks pretty nice, a little "scooterish" in the style department. Has good power for a 700, and a shaft drive, which I wish the Vee had.

http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&source=hp&q=honda+deauville+700&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=y2YdS6zyLtLe8QaTg6XWAw&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=4&ved=0CCMQsAQwAw
 

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Nah

Honda is going to bring the Deauville from Europe to the US to fit this market slot. It's a 700cc touring bike. Looks pretty nice, a little "scooterish" in the style department. Has good power for a 700, and a shaft drive, which I wish the Vee had.

http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&source=hp&q=honda+deauville+700&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=y2YdS6zyLtLe8QaTg6XWAw&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=4&ved=0CCMQsAQwAw
Boring looks and too heavy. The build quality will be impecable though given its a Honda. I like the Varadero better but its still too heavy.
 

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Honda is going to bring the Deauville from Europe to the US to fit this market slot. It's a 700cc touring bike. Looks pretty nice, a little "scooterish" in the style department. Has good power for a 700, and a shaft drive, which I wish the Vee had.

http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&source=hp&q=honda+deauville+700&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=y2YdS6zyLtLe8QaTg6XWAw&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=4&ved=0CCMQsAQwAw
Sorry to ruin your ideas but they do not sell well downunder generally they are not regarded well Vstrom 650 kills it in any comaprision.

By the way if you drop one , you will pay enough money you think you bought Du Point's plastic business.
 

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My local Honda dealer sealed the fate of the Deauville at least in this market. Showroom features a Goldwing marked "His" with the Deauville pathetically, "Hers".
 

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My local Honda dealer sealed the fate of the Deauville at least in this market. Showroom features a Goldwing marked "His" with the Deauville pathetically, "Hers".
That is a Dumb Move.......:yikes:

I'm sure that even Dr. Phil would give one of his signature "Whaddayou Thinkin" statements. :confused:
 

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// 2 1/2-3 inches lower(tripling the number of riders but would NEED a HB riser back and up). Lower front forks(no front brace needed and front tires will last 3 thousand miles longer). Lower center of gravity(not so top heavy and easier to get back up after tipping over). //
So in Texas these days, smaller is better? I'll have to inform the transplants up here - if I can get a word in edge-wise.:green_lol:

I was jokinbg on advrider that as far as I'm concerned, it should be called Commrider.com - for commuter. Because that's a lot of the mileage of a lot of the bikes. For me, it's at least half if not two thirds.
 
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