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post #1 of 28 Old 12-26-2013, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
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Hey guys,

I currently ride a Harley Nightster every day to work and after 30000k's I can officially say I'm over everything about the harley, the harsh ride and spoke wheels not to mention I have filled her up 300 times in the last 3 years (12l tank). I'm at the point now where I have to catch the bus to work because my back kills me if I ride in (front suspension is completely gone). I'm from brisbane australia so our roads are sooooooo shit its not funny.

I was going to wait for the new 1000 to come out but tbh I only ride to commute these days and I think the 650abs would be fine. The v-strom looks like its a bike you ride any weather any day and still be comfortable.

My question to all you boys is the following:

1. Has anyone (downgraded i guess you call it) from 1200CC+ to a 650?
2. Are the servicing costs reasonable?
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post #2 of 28 Old 12-26-2013, 07:39 PM
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I just traded my XR 1200X to a 2013 the Strom 650. I really liked my Harley it was more of a sport bike but it was not comfortable for More than 100 or 150 miles for me. I was getting ready to have to do the 5000 mile service. That was going to cost me a couple of hundred dollars. And it was going to need tires a few months into the next riding season. That was going to cost me $4-$500. I went back to Suzuki because I can work on it myself and everything about it is cheaper. And it is a lot more comfortable and is going to be a lot more useful for me. I will be honest. That was my first and probably last Harley-Davidson.
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Oh yeah and I forgot to mention. 100 miles between Fill ups? No thanks.
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I downgraded from a Honda ST1300 and never looked back. Although I would go 300 miles between fill up's, and the wind protection was awesome, I got tired of a 800lb bike. The Vstrom is a fabulous bike, don't know why I waited so long to get one.

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The only thing that kept me from trading sooner was finding a decent trade. I have owned at least 30 street bikes and Suzuki holds my favorite memories.
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My first bike was a Suzuki Bandit 1200S. I've been though lots of bikes since then from a 1150 BMW to a FJR1300. The FJR1300 was like a rocket mounted to a couch.

The bike I ride now is a DL650 and I couldn't be happier. While the big FEEJER could eat up miles like no one's business it was pretty much relegated to road only and would "only" get 38 or 40 MPG on a good day.

The only other bike I'm considering other than keeping my Strom is a Tiger 800.
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My first bike was a Suzuki Bandit 1200S. I've been though lots of bikes since then from a 1150 BMW to a FJR1300. The FJR1300 was like a rocket mounted to a couch.

The bike I ride now is a DL650 and I couldn't be happier. While the big FEEJER could eat up miles like no one's business it was pretty much relegated to road only and would "only" get 38 or 40 MPG on a good day.

The only other bike I'm considering other than keeping my Strom is a Tiger 800.
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My first bike was a Suzuki Bandit 1200S. I've been though lots of bikes since then from a 1150 BMW to a FJR1300. The FJR1300 was like a rocket mounted to a couch.

The bike I ride now is a DL650 and I couldn't be happier. While the big FEEJER could eat up miles like no one's business it was pretty much relegated to road only and would "only" get 38 or 40 MPG on a good day.

The only other bike I'm considering other than keeping my Strom is a Tiger 800.
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1. Has anyone (downgraded i guess you call it) from 1200CC+ to a 650?
2. Are the servicing costs reasonable?

downgrade ?

downsize, yes, while that 1200cc Harley has about 50-60% more torque, the Suzuki 650 may have more horsepower, the Harley also weights about 120 lbs more ,

guess it depends on your definition of upgrade/downgrade



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post #10 of 28 Old 12-26-2013, 10:14 PM Thread Starter
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yeah I thinking that 1200 Harley CC = doesn't equal 1200 Japanese CC =P

Going for a test ride tomorrow, I think my harley had around 60-70HP?
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