V-Strom 650 Issues--Should I Buy One?
I just now registered to this site so that I can ask about the V-Strom 650.
I have a Vulcan 750 that I have really liked to ride for the past 10 years, but it's starting to ask for oil--and so it's about time to change. A lot of talk about the V-Strom 650, so I decided to ask you folks.
My Vulcan 750 was the "perfect bike" until I rode it a few thousand miles and had to correct some of its issues--that I didn't know about before I bought it. It's still "my bike", and I hope it doesn't find out I'm asking about another bike! (I actually feel like I'm cheating on it!)
Anyway, no bike is without issues, so I want to know what mostly makes you folks grump about the Strom 650 before I take the plunge.
I like to ride back country 2-lane asphalt for hundreds of miles. And, in California, I have to ride multi-lane fwy, like it or not! Best of all is when I can get on the gravel and improved dirt. (Vulcan 750s don't like gravel very much! And I'm too old, now, for trail riding.) I also get up well over 5,000 feet high in the Sierras every time I get a chance--and I thought fuel injected would be a big step up from carburetors in that high elevation environment.
But bragging about ability to control ill-natured bikes who demand a lot of TLC is a waste of time for me, and quirky bikes that throw up issues at you drive me frantic. The main thing is if I can get on the bike and stay on it and stop when / if I want to, not when the bike wants me to. And if I can do it again the next day without filling my saddle bags up with tools.
Does the V-Strom 650 give that kind of ride?
And, just as important, can it be ridden the same day as its normal maintenance (filter clean, chain tightening, oil change, etc.), or does it require a full day of purple language just to get the basic work done?
The V-Stroms are pure butt-ugly! I know and accept that. That's just a minor factor a guy has to deal with--like walking my wife's ugly little wiener dog. Having recognized that, I would appreciate just good straightforward info on its quirks and itches.