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post #1 of 11 Old 05-14-2013, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
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Strom as a 2-Up Touring Rig?

Hi All,

I have been considering moving into Stromland for a while now. I've recently moved to Southern NH and had a question. How would the Strom be for 2-Up low-to-medium distance touring (i.e. 400-ish miles in a day)?

Would this this dictate the need for a 1000?

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post #2 of 11 Old 05-14-2013, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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Oh also, FYI... I've been motorcycle only for about 3 years. I had an SV650S then moved to a Kawi Versys. Sold the Versys and looking to get back on a smoother riding Suzuki.
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It will do just fine. The strom has a much better rear seat than a versys. It was a big reason I bought mine. The wife an I have done many two up 400 mile days on my G strom.

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My Wee-Strom does two up plus big Happy Trails boxes and Givi 46 litre top box loaded full of stuff without issue.

Capable of 800 km (about 500 miles) in a day easily enough.

No real need for 1000cc, two up travelling isn't something most people do at race speeds.

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This is exactly what I bought the GStrom for. 2-up with the cases loaded and still get great gas mileage...

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This why we bought our 650 Exp. all our gear loaded, all day riding. 6am to 6pm, 500 plus miles per day, sweet ride. We ride it all day for weeks on end.
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Motorcyclist Oct. 2012 pg. 59

''650's are just powerful enough to be fun for a solo rider, but add a passenger and / or luggage and they fall flat. oh, they'll still haul you uphill, and accelerate you to freeway speeds; it just takes longer - plan your passes accordingly." .... (motorcyclist oct. 2012 pg. 59)
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''650's are just powerful enough to be fun for a solo rider, but add a passenger and / or luggage and they fall flat. oh, they'll still haul you uphill, and accelerate you to freeway speeds; it just takes longer - plan your passes accordingly." .... (motorcyclist oct. 2012 pg. 59)

As written by people who explore the limits of GSXRs as a day job. Also, who doesn't ride slightly mellower with the wife on the back anyway?

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I think it's fine. I have done plenty of road trips loaded up and plenty of riding with a passenger and never felt the need for more power. In Jan of 2012 I did a week-long road trip on Honda ST1300 in California and Arizona with my gal on the back. The ST was great power wise (wheeliing in second with roll-on throttle is fun!) but really when I hopped back on my DL650 I didn't feel any compelling need to get more power. Now it's academeic as she got herself a bike (A Gladius.)

I can understand people wanting more power but I like shifting and using what a bike has. For me it's more fun to do and enjoy that in a 650 than in a more powerful bike.

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We had no issues at all. It got the job done..and much of that was on I95 passing people all day. You notice the extra weight but it's not a big deal. My mpg for 9 tanks fully loaded for camping two up was 47/51/53. What does the Vee do better? You don't notice the weight..makes no difference to acceleration and the Vee has beefier suspension which makes it wallow less. But it's easy enough to install a set of sonic springs and vee rear shock on a wee.

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