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post #1 of 17 Old 06-03-2013, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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2000cc down to 650cc

New guy here. Stopped at the dealer for the yearly inspection on my Vulcan 2000 and saw a blue Strom 650. I had been thinking about moving back to something lighter and better handling so I decided to make an inquiry. Don't get me wrong the V2K is an amazing piece of machinery and I always thought it would be the bike I would have for a long time but maneuverability is calling to me. I've been back and forth on getting rid of my favorite beast and I think I'm making the trade tomorrow.

Anyone else move from a big cruiser to a wee?
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I have a big cruiser and a 650.
I think it depends on what kind of riding you do.
The 650 is a great daily driver, great mileage, nimble to avoid idjits on cellphones in the left lane, and can handle bumps and grooves and even some dirt and gravel, and great range.
If you plan on doing 75 MPH on a 4 lane flat blacktop highway only on sunny days when it's 75 degrees or better with a rider on back, stick to the cruiser.
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post #3 of 17 Old 06-03-2013, 08:44 PM
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New guy here. Stopped at the dealer for the yearly inspection on my Vulcan 2000 and saw a blue Strom 650. I had been thinking about moving back to something lighter and better handling so I decided to make an inquiry. Don't get me wrong the V2K is an amazing piece of machinery and I always thought it would be the bike I would have for a long time but maneuverability is calling to me. I've been back and forth on getting rid of my favorite beast and I think I'm making the trade tomorrow.

Anyone else move from a big cruiser to a wee?
That's what I did and I have no regrets about it.
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I had a 1900 Roadliner (My favorite of all the cruisers I owned , not a short list) and bought a used 1000 to see how I would like it. Poor Liner sat quietly in the corner of the garage for about 5 months when I pulled the trigger on a new 2012 1000 , and used it for trade in. Yes , there are days where I miss it , but I personally could not justify keeping it if it wasn't being used. It also depends on your riding style , they are a half a world apart in that respect.
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post #5 of 17 Old 06-04-2013, 08:30 AM
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Depends on what type of riding you do. Some friends of mine go on long trips, all superhiways, top speed and see how many miles they rack up, I chose not to ride with them. Fellow I ride with stay away from superhiways. Back roads only, unless there is no alternative to divided hiway. First group all have big Harleys.
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Anyone else move from a big cruiser to a wee?
Went from a Valkyrie to a Vee with few regrets. IMO Strom's aren't the highway bike as the big cruisers but up the fun factor in town and on the backroads. Good luck with your choice.

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Well, went and signed on a 2013 650. I enjoy riding twisty back roads all day and the big cruiser was not the bike for that job. Eventually I might get back into a cruiser but only when the wife lets me have a second bike. Its going to be a major effort not to jump on the farkle shopping right away. With that said engine guards are already ordered.
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I owned 3 other vtwin cruisers before the Vstrom, and I will be going back. The DL is what I can afford to ride for the time being, but I'm always tired (bored) of it after less than two hours of riding. I have issues with the engine and feel of the bike, and I've probably said it here 5 times at least. It's fun to burn around on, but it's not a keeper for me. I'm 46 by the way and had my last bike for 24 years.

My last bike, a 1986 Shadow 1100 had a wonderful engine that the DL can't touch. I am researching all cruisers until I find the right one. Hopefully a 1300 so the insurance isn't too high...
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Just sold my 2009 Harley Ultra Classic and bought a 2009 V-Strom. Put a bunch of money in my pocket, and having a blast riding it. So much more fun around the city and pushing around the driveway. Definitely wont' be the hiway cruiser like the Ultra, but still a nice hiway bike when set up right with a cruise lock and some hiway pegs. So far the smile is still on my face :-)


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I went from a 1200RT to a GLEE.
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