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Many reviews call the Vee 2 an Adventure Style Bike. This sort of indicates that it is not a true Adventure Bike.
I know I should just let it go; but, it kind of irritates me because it misrepresents the capability of the motorcycle. And, someone looking for an Adventure Bike, might dismiss the Vee 2 based on some reviews:

This one reviewer represented the Vee 2 as an "Adventure Style Bike" and stated that the bike is really just a tourer. His review was challenged by the viewers response. So, he took it to heart and dug deeper into exactly what it Vee 2 is capable of.

This review is by a professional that really puts to rest whether the Vee 2 is a true Adventure Bike:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aW_ZyPYN5R8
 

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I mean that was cool, and all, but I've taken my strom on much worse stuff than that.
This bikes only fault is it's ground clearance. Get a proper skid plate, and the bike rocks.
 

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You can take most "normal" road bikes (don't ask me to define normal) many places such as my R60 BMW up a very steep hill during the 1968 Goodwin Shield held in the Blue Mountains of NSW.
 

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About the same time I reentered riding in 1995 I read an article in Rider about 3 brothers who took an "adventure" ride to Alaska. They all rode standards with soft bags and their gear lashed on with old fashioned bungees.

Since then it seems everyone but Harley has come out with some type of bastardized, high powered dual sport and tagged it an adventure bike. Personally, I have referred to the Vstrom as a standard decked out in adventure drag...

Anyway, adventure is the ride - the bike is just a tool. Some bikes are more "dirtly" and others more "streetly" but if the bike works for you, the adventure awaits!

So where is the argument?
 

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To me, it's mostly an ugly street bike with dirt road ability. Or maybe it's a modern scrambler with plastic and a wind screen? Whatever it is, it's pretty versatile like a jeep.

The offroad pics always make me think, "gee, that looks fun." Some bikes and their riders are willing, but there are others that are more capable. But adventure can be experienced different ways.
 

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Instead of what is an adventure bike, I like to think of the spectrum of off road capability. They generally go something like this, but it is a continuous spectrum with bikes at both ends of each category and some that defy categorization.

Motocross/serious trail bike (CRF, RM, YZ, YZF, KTM, etc 12"+ of suspension)
Street legal full on dirt bikes (above + tail and headlights)
Family fun trail bikes (XR, DR, not quite as much power and suspension as the serious trail bikes)
Dual sports (slightly less suspension that the family fun bikes usually 1" shorter rear shocks to bring down seat height, DR650, XR650R)
Adventure bikes (DL650 and DL1000, KLR, less suspension travel than dual sports around 6" to 8")
Scramblers (street bikes with about 4" or 5" of suspension)
Adventure styled street bikes (Versys, FJ-09, not much ground clearance)
Street bikes
Cruisers
 

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i'm sorry suzuki didn't really intend us to take it off road.. no abs modes or kill switch say it all .

can the bike do it ,yes to an extent but it wasn't designed for it
 

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It's the motorcycle I'd replace my current V-Strom with if something happened to my present one. I have a 2014 ADV and after almost a year of ownership it exceeds my needs as a commuter/light tourer. I've camped off of it and run gravel roads with it and that's all I expect to do with it. It brings me plenty of smiles.
 

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They should call these bikes, Sport Utility Bikes or SUBs. Whether or not you go off-road, they are more versatile than most other bikes. Hey, I might buy that domain name.:grin2:


You can put it on center stand to turn it off, but I have found their system works great off road. I like being able to grab s handful of front brake, and not worry about my front end tucking. Really only one reason to not want it on... steep down hill section.. hey guess what, just hit the off switch and it disables it for that situation. People get way too concerned about stupid shit. Maybe they should try and improve their riding skills before over thinking this bike. It's very capable off road in the right hands. Way more capable than most peoples skill set.
 

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You can put it on center stand to turn it off, but I have found their system works great off road. I like being able to grab s handful of front brake, and not worry about my front end tucking. Really only one reason to not want it on... steep down hill section.. hey guess what, just hit the off switch and it disables it for that situation. People get way too concerned about stupid shit. Maybe they should try and improve their riding skills before over thinking this bike. It's very capable off road in the right hands. Way more capable than most peoples skill set.


Absolutely! A friend of mine has a 2014 1k and he has taken that bike on some unbelievable rides/trails. One weekend he was with 3 beemers - a 1200GS, a F800, and a F650. His bike was the only one to survive. Two had to go straight to the shop and the other was trucked home. The 1200 had a broken wheel. The vstrom was unharmed, and he was leading!! Yes, it's a very capable bike. I would guess that most of us (certainly me) won't test its limits!


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