Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Purcellville, VA
I'm with you. I traded my VFR800X for the Vstrom. The VFR was in every way a smoother, more refined motorcycle, the handling, brakes, acceleration, etc. were all better than the strom. There's a reason the VFR won every bike of the year award ever given. However, I never gelled with it. Too much plastic, had to get too high in the rev range to make it move briskly, too much plastic, sucked on dirt roads (and where I live dirt roads are a way of life rather than a detour) plus it had too much plastic. I had it a year and put a thousand miles on it, and only had passengers a few times. Traded for the strom (bike previous to the VFR was a wee) and put over a thousand miles on it in the first few weeks. We get along better. My daughter is on the back at least twice a week, my son is on it regularly as well. The V has less HP total but scads more torque earlier, so I don't have to rev it to make it move. The seat is comfy, the windscreens (stock plus laminar lip and stock cut down) combined with the madstad bracket fix the buffeting, and it has no problem with dirt roads. Also less plastic.
Also, the VFR was gorgeous, albeit covered with plastic. I was constantly worried about dropping it, dinging it, scratching it. The V is ugly, and I don't care. I figure there's only about a 50%, maybe 60% chance that if I walked away and heard it fall over that I'd turn around and pick it up right away.
Go soothingly on the grease mud, as there lurks the skid demon. Press
the brake foot as you roll around the corners, and save the collapse and
In order, current to oldest, *denotes still have
DL1000K5*, VFR800X, MT-16*, DL650K4, XR400R, XR650R, XR400R, FZ1, GL1000*, VF750C, CB250, GL1100, GL650, DT50. I'm sure there's others but I forgot them.
Last edited by whodat; 10-22-2013 at 02:41 PM.