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post #1 of 8 Old 02-07-2008, 02:52 AM Thread Starter
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heres my deal !!!

ladies and gents,
hi
my name is minnesh,
i am from south africa.
i am seriously thinking about buying a new 2008 dl 650 v strom
this is my deal
i am 115kg 1.83 in height and would like to use this machine for
1. sunday day cruises with other bikes + - 150km
2.all day cruises at leat every 3 months with other bikes as well + - 500km one day trips
3.maybe a little pillion work when the boss wants to come along (very rarely)
4. i like to...... CRUISE..... at around 120 to 140 km
5. i need to be comfortable on the loner rips as i am now 43
6.maybe do like about 5% dirt roads (very little)
i need your expert advise
many
thanks in advance
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post #2 of 8 Old 02-07-2008, 08:28 AM
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Hello Minnesh,

It sounds like the V-Strom is a great choice for your needs.

Very comfortable ride (I would replace the stock seat)
Large gas tank good for long-range rides.
Great commuter bike, easy to handle.
Enough power to make it fun to ride.

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Hello Minnesh,

It sounds like the V-Strom is a great choice for your needs.

Very comfortable ride (I would replace the stock seat)
Large gas tank good for long-range rides.
Great commuter bike, easy to handle.
Enough power to make it fun to ride.


thank you for your input
any other 650 riders out there please
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thank you for your input
any other 650 riders out there please
more input gentlemen please
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Sir, I am a little taller and a little lighter than you - and much older.

I'd suggest replacing the seat on the DL650 with the Suzuki Tall Touring saddle, which is 40mm higher. Other than that, it's an excellent choice within the parameters you've specified.

The most I've ever ridden in a day is around 700km. Cruising at 130-140km is no problem - the engine turns some revs but is smooth and seems unstressed even at 6,000rpm. You will like the large fuel capacity and riding position.

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I have no idea how tall or how heavy that is, can you translate that into "stupid american" for me. :mrgreen:

Sounds to me like the 650 would be great. You will have to tinker but less then you would with most other bikes.

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I have no idea how tall or how heavy that is, can you translate that into "stupid american" for me. :mrgreen:
115kg = 253.5 lbs
1.83m = 6 feet

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1. sunday day cruises with other bikes + - 150km
2.all day cruises at leat every 3 months with other bikes as well + - 500km one day trips
3.maybe a little pillion work when the boss wants to come along (very rarely)
4. i like to...... CRUISE..... at around 120 to 140 km
5. i need to be comfortable on the loner rips as i am now 43
6.maybe do like about 5% dirt roads (very little)
1. The strom will do this easily.
2. 500 km is not a problem. I fill up every 360-400 km, so you'll only fill up once or twice.
3. I've had my fiance on the back for 450 mile days on some very twisty routes, and the 650 handled it great. Very comfortable, and the handling of the bike doesn't change much with the extra load on the back.
5. One of the most comfortable bikes I've been on.
6. I've taken the strom offroad, and it handled everything I threw at it without a complaint. It's great for gravel and dirt roads. You have to be a bit more careful with the lines you choose compared to a full dirt bike, and go a bit slower (in the very rough stuff), but regular dirt roads are easily done.

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115kg = 253.5 lbs
1.83m = 6 feet


1. The strom will do this easily.
2. 500 km is not a problem. I fill up every 360-400 km, so you'll only fill up once or twice.
3. I've had my fiance on the back for 450 mile days on some very twisty routes, and the 650 handled it great. Very comfortable, and the handling of the bike doesn't change much with the extra load on the back.
5. One of the most comfortable bikes I've been on.
6. I've taken the strom offroad, and it handled everything I threw at it without a complaint. It's great for gravel and dirt roads. You have to be a bit more careful with the lines you choose compared to a full dirt bike, and go a bit slower (in the very rough stuff), but regular dirt roads are easily done.


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