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post #1 of 3 Old 10-31-2013, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
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Hi Stromtroopers.

I'm Matthew, From Colombia. (Not columbia)

Been reading quite a lot, been wanting to get on a bike sooner rather than later, new opportunities have come up, and I seem to have arrived at a conclusion.

I think I want a Wee-strom. Not Just any wee, my elder brother's 2008, 50k miles DL650. He's willing to part with it for 7500$ USD (Bear with me, it's a reasonable price) to get a cage with A/C (seriously?).

Me, on the other hand. 5'8", 120lbs, 21 yrs. I've ridden a few times a few different bikes including the wee in question, pretty good cyclist so I have the balance, But I would consider myself a newbie rider. And recently got a job that's about a 20 miles conmute, up the twisties and into a somewhat flat valley, at the end of the conmute, I have to get to my office after about a mile of dirt roads.

This is the bike in question

The only thing thats no longer included is the tall windscreen (broken)

A brand new DL650 ABS in Colombia is around 13.000 USD, plus protections, panniers and stuff.

To resume, Could this become my first bike? any cons that I should take into account?

thanks For the info, for the tips, and for such a nice community. Been loving reading a lot of the stuff posted. never too formal, never to casual, and always friendly. Stromtroopers FTW.

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post #2 of 3 Old 11-01-2013, 06:22 AM
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Hi Stromtroopers. I'm Matthew, From Colombia. (Not columbia)...recently got a job that's about a 20 miles conmute, up the twisties and into a somewhat flat valley, at the end of the conmute, I have to get to my office after about a mile of dirt roads.
Hola Matthew,

If you are from a year-round-rainy part of Colombia, that last mile is the problem. No matter how good your balance is on a bicycle, it won't transfer to keeping a 500 pound motorcycle (especially with street tires!) upright in the mud.

Also, if I remember correctly, Colombia has remarkable mud. Difficult to walk in. Slippery. Sticky. Fills the space between tire and fender quickly. Magical stuff.

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post #3 of 3 Old 11-01-2013, 09:20 AM Thread Starter
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Hola Matthew,

If you are from a year-round-rainy part of Colombia, that last mile is the problem. No matter how good your balance is on a bicycle, it won't transfer to keeping a 500 pound motorcycle (especially with street tires!) upright in the mud.

Also, if I remember correctly, Colombia has remarkable mud. Difficult to walk in. Slippery. Sticky. Fills the space between tire and fender quickly. Magical stuff.
Thanks for the reply 😊

Street tires are a concern for me on rainy season. Thought about ditching the bike for extremely rainy days, not for the smaller breezes. Also, we get to clean our tires when we enter the office 😃
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