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Hello, I am looking to buy a used V-Strom and I was hoping to get some advice. I do not have $13k plus for a new one but I am willing to spend at least half that for a good used one. I am buying one to enjoy with my 5 year old for many many years to come. I will also be buying a very well designed sidecar from DMC sidecars as well as towing a Aspen motorcycle trailer for camping. Therefore I want the bigger engine. I will only be doing mild off-road riding for the first couple years and maybe more of that type of riding if it works out with my son's attitude towards it. Could anyone please provide suggestions and explanations as to why one year or generation Strom might suit me better for what I am planning? Thank you in advance for the help!
 

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Hola, and welcome to wonderful wierd world of sidecars.
I towed a KwikKamp with an 750 and 800 BMW. Bothe bikes rated at 50 hp. and single disk in the front.
I eventually put a 1000cc BMW engine in the 800 frame. It was rated at 70hp.
Jay, at DMC, was a good guy to deal with when I was working on my Ural BMW rig. His Ural look a-likes are bit bigger that the original, I think.
The older Wee's are reasonably priced and mine has held up well with little maintenance. The bit larger tank on the older Wee's, Vee's will give a bit more cushion of range over the newer designs.
You will be able to find sprockets that will allow the engine to work easily pulling the load you indicate.
Power to weight ratio, the 50 hp of the original BMW motor pulled the trailer and rig more easily than my Trooper that was rated at 125 hp but weighed 4500 pounds. The bike and rig weighed maybe 750 pounds.
The early Wee's seem to have fewer issues than the latest generation and fewer than the 1000's.

Note there are also sidecar tutorial books that will help explain some of the oddities of the breed. David Hough comes to mind.

Another thought. I ran Avon SMII safety tires. They have a flat tread profile. You may want to go to the dark side and run car tires. The mileage will be much better and the price probably better too. You dopn't need a round profile tire for a vehicle that doesn't lean any more.
I'd get 4-5 K miles on the Avons and Car tires for the same price will give twice the mileage if not better.
 

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Have you ridden a sidecar before? They can be scary at times, especially for the novice and even more so when the bike is not proper modified. They don't drive like a motorcycle and they don't drive like a car.

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Get a 2014+ DL1000A. At Denver elevation, plus the side car, plus the trailer, you'll want the extra power. Going down from a 17 to a 16 tooth front sprocket increases usable power as well. Many are happy with the earlier 1000, but it has some problems that are likely to need attention.
 
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