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post #1 of 12 Old 05-19-2014, 04:05 PM Thread Starter
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I've lurked on the stromtrooper website on and off a few years. I've been considering a glee to be my new daily commuter bike.

How many of you would be happy with the glee as your only bike? I grew up on a DR350 as my school bike, and have had a Ninja 250 for the last 8 years as my work bike. As a one bike guy (space and finance constrained) would I be pretty happy with the glee? I need simple to self maintain, and low cost of ownership (insurance, good GPM, etc). The ninja would be fantastic if not for the size (I'm 6'5") and the fact I now live in a rural area with lots of gravel and dirt roads.
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post #2 of 12 Old 05-19-2014, 04:48 PM
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6'5" on a Ninja 250? Wow, you need to move on over to a Strom. I switched from a 2007 Ninja 250 last summer to a 2005 Wee. I sold the Ninja about 2 weeks after buying the Wee and rode the bike to the buyers house for them. After only two weeks I was amazed at the difference in size and comfort between the two bikes. Your legs are at a much more relaxed position from the Ninja.

I owned the Ninja for three years and sold it for $600 more than I bought it for. Great little bike that always got me to where I needed to go (no dirt).

You will be happy with either the Glee or a Wee as your only bike. At least that is my experience. They both meet your criteria, but you will be dropping to around 55mpg from the 70mpg the Ninja gets.

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post #3 of 12 Old 05-19-2014, 08:21 PM
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the strom is my only bike. It pretty much fills all my needs: commuter, tourer. I sold my klr 650 shortly after getting the strom as I found it more an all round bike.

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post #4 of 12 Old 05-20-2014, 01:19 PM
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Kawabama - I'm 6-4/235 and the bike fits me great (I have a '12 650ABS). It's so versatile that commuting, road trips, some gravel, just tooling around is all in the wheelhouse for this bike.

I've strapped shotguns heading down to the trap range, golf clubs, a huge brew pot and burner heading to a beer club event, etc. I'm not shy about loading it down. Two-up riding without too much trouble as well. Plenty of power to handle it all.

I'm getting between 55 - 58 MPG.

Good luck with your decision, for me it's been a great, great bike.
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@Tr3ntski I'm glad to hear you still get pretty good mileage at your height. I have bags and a lot of drag on the Ninja, and I never seem to get the fantastic mileage everyone else gets. Around 60 to 63 for me.

Funny thing is, I've never seen myself on my bike except in a store window or something. I don't have any pictures or anything. I did the Motorcycle Ergonomics comparison between the Ninja and the Glee. Wow! I DO look like I'm wearing that bike instead of riding it.

I wouldn't know what to do on a bike I could stand the pegs on.

And a dealer in the state is tempting me greatly with some 2013 closeouts that are pretty decently priced.
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How many of you would be happy with the glee as your only bike?
For most of us, that's the situation.....As for me, I can't think of a better bike for the money and for what I like to do on a bike (for less than $10K!)

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The 650 is my only bike. I've always only owned one bike at a time (space, finances, etc.).
The Strom does it all...

Don't know how you got along for years on a Ninja at 6'5"...

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At 180 pounds I'm pretty lanky, so it's not too bad on the ninja. I live in Harley country. Most folks around here are so busy commenting on my hi-viz gear they don't even mention my ergonomic deficiencies.

Another Strom hangup for me is that having only owned a DR before, the ninja is actually the heaviest bike I've owned. The weight of bigger bikes has always intimidated me.

But heck, even an 883 H-D Sportster is 562 pounds curb. And you can't swing a dead possum around here without hitting some leathered up chick on one of those. :biggrinjester:
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Do not worry about the weight of the bigger bike. Once you get rolling it's all the same. I came from a ninja 250. The first time I actually rode the vstrom is the day I took it home from the dealer. I didn't notice a major weight difference at all (I do remember the moment I got on the freeway on ramp and let the throttle rip...)

My two cents. I went from the ninja being my only bike to the vstom being my only bike and I don't regret it at all. With my tires... The vstrom can be almost as aggressive in the corners, and can get me up any dirt track I care to take it up. It is the ultimate one bike solution for me.
The ability to have full hard bags on the bike compared to the ninja was a huge incentive. The ability to sit on the highway for more than 30 minutes and still feel my hands was an incentive. The ability to take a girlfriend on the back was a real incentive. Basically no draw backs. Okay maybe increased insurance rates, but that is about it.




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At 180 pounds I'm pretty lanky, so it's not too bad on the ninja. I live in Harley country. Most folks around here are so busy commenting on my hi-viz gear they don't even mention my ergonomic deficiencies.



Another Strom hangup for me is that having only owned a DR before, the ninja is actually the heaviest bike I've owned. The weight of bigger bikes has always intimidated me.



But heck, even an 883 H-D Sportster is 562 pounds curb. And you can't swing a dead possum around here without hitting some leathered up chick on one of those. :biggrinjester:




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The weight of bigger bikes has always intimidated me.
Here's a coupl'a tips for the first few days--
--When you come to a stop, concentrate on stopping and getting both feet on the ground before you look around at traffic. The strom is taller and heavier than what you're used to. In a short time you'll feel right at home on the strom, but at first, keep it upright, then look around.
--Practice some very slow speed parking lot maneuvers on the strom, just because it is something different. The center of gravity is different. You'll be right at home on it in no time.

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