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post #1 of 8 Old 01-22-2008, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
 
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Wee Strom + VFR = Redundant?

Hey guys.

So I've been wanting a V-Strom 650 ever since they came out back in '04. Now that they're finally hitting the used market, I've decided to get one. (I don't buy new!) The first step was deciding to sell one of my two bikes (my Hawk GT <-- Shameless plug!) to raise some cash for the V-Strom. I love that little Hawk, but... well.... it's too little for me. And I'm not a "collector"... I have no business owning 3 bikes. So I have to sell the Hawk.

Anyway... my other bike is a perfectly nice '97 VFR750. It's a great bike. I love its smoothness, broad powerband and stable handling. I usually ride it on technical backroads... I really dislike highway riding. The only reason I want to have a V-Strom is for commuting and for situations where I want light weight and comfort more than power. Ideally, I'd love to have a single set Givi of luggage that I could swap back and forth between the VFR and V-Strom.

But I'm wondering... if I had a V-Strom, would I lose interest in the VFR? Would I even need the VFR? Maybe I should just sell it too? I'm basically questioning whether it makes sense to have a Wee Strom AND a VFR750.

The only thing that the VFR really has over the DL is power... I rode with a group of V-Stroms a few months ago. It was a classic V-Twin vs. Sportbike situation... they were pulling away from me in the turns, and I was catching them on the straights. So, maybe I would miss that if I only had a DL650.

So, the whole point of my post...

How many of you also have a higher-horsepower, sportier bike? Do you ever feel that the V-Strom does it all, and that you don't ride the sportbike much? Or do you find that they occupy distinct enough niches?

How many of you discovered that V-Strom was the only bike you needed, and got rid of the others? I have to admit, the idea of owning only one bike is attactive from a maintenance and insurance perspective.

Thanks for reading!

Rob

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Check my signature and you'll see that I have both.

They are completely different bikes, and compliment each other fairly well. The VFR has it all over the V-Strom in power and speed, but the V-Stom is more comfortable for long distance (at least to me). I enjoy them both, and I ride them both. If I had to sell one of them it would really be tough to choose which one.

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I had a 98 vfr800 as a 2nd bike for a few months. For me the VFR had power vs. the V-Strom had mpg/range. The VFR put my handlebars below the SUV but the V-Strom was above the cars. Commuting wise I preferred the V-Strom because of the bright headlight, tank range and sitting upright. For me the VFR was only used to make noise, ride a good looking bike, and go fast maybe once a month. Street-performance wise the VStrom 650 does all I need. I still keep a second bike in case I need to work on the V-Strom but after 40,000 miles I have never had a break down.

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I have to have two bikes. Some days the V-Strom just a bit to dorky to ride. I miss the V4 sound at those times.

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weestrom and fjr here. since i bought the wee in aug of 05, it has gotten the majority of the miles.

a good friend who is on an r6 is currently looking for a wee. the yammy will go away. he has ridden both and finds the wee a much more functional, versatile bike.

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Hey guys.

How many of you also have a higher-horsepower, sportier bike? Do you ever feel that the V-Strom does it all, and that you don't ride the sportbike much? Or do you find that they occupy distinct enough niches?

Rob
I ride a DL1000, but I also have a higher-horsepower, sportier bike (Yamaha FZ-1), and a lower-horsepower, sportier bike (Suzuki SV650). They're all great, and I ride each of them often. The DL1000 is my favorite for longer multi-day rides due to the comfort and room for gear. It's also great on crappy roads. The SV650 is my choice for short rides and mountain twisties - just plain fun! The FZ is for days when I want power, excellent handling, outstanding brakes, and decent comfort. I think they occupy distinct enough niches, but I'll admit three bikes are somewhat of a luxury - but Hell, it's what I do.

By the way, if I could only have one bike, it would be the FZ-1. It does it all and does it well. Keep in mind, however, that I don't do dirt anymore.

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Hey guys.
The first step was deciding to sell one of my two bikes (my Hawk GT <-- Shameless plug!) to raise some cash for the V-Strom. I love that little Hawk, but... well.... it's too little for me. And I'm not a "collector"... I have no business owning 3 bikes. So I have to sell the Hawk.

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I owned a VFr 800. I have to admit, that off all the bikes I have owned, it is one of the few that I wish I could have kept/or would buy again. I have also owned an SV650. I liked that bike because it was so small and flickable, with the DL1000, I would like the SV650 as a second bike.

The DL goes fast, it is comfortable, it is reliable. If I could only own one bike forever (my current status), I would own a DL 1000.

If I could own two or three, the VFR would be on the short list. It is fast, has an awesome sound and power band, is comfortable to ride a couple hours to the mountains... and boy is it pretty.

Now that I have the Vstrom, I plan on never selling it and just adding to the herd.

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Rob,
I have an FZ1 and it's a fun bike when it's ridden fast through the turns or wicked up. The DL 650 is fun through the turns no matter the speed, comfortable all the time and handles better two up. So far I won't sell either one. Insurance time is a beach though.

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