Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Washington, the state
650 gets in the 50's for mpg. Top speed matters. The wind resistance at 80+ increases dramatically and takes more gas.
Off pavement depends on both the rider's capabilities and the tires you choose. Just like you wouldn't put all-season tires on a truck you intend as a rock-crawler, you'll prefer a tire with a more open tread for deep loose stuff. A firm dirt road is no problem with the standard type 80% paved/20% unpaved tires that most stroms use. The suspension is OK, and can be improved easily.
No problems. I think ABS is important (ABS is always subject to debate), and that was an option since '07 and standard since '12 on the 650s. The bikes from '04 to '14 are all reliable with normal maintenance.
The strom is much taller than the S40, of course, and feels top heavy when stopped. It feels sweet when moving. A tip I learned the hard way--when coming to a stop, concentrate on stopping and getting both feet on the ground, then look around at traffic. After a while we've learned to come to a momentary stop with feet up, then roll away, but not at first.
"Older people who are reasonable, good-tempered, and gracious will bear aging well. Those who are mean-spirited and irritable will be unhappy at every period of their lives.
"Let each of use properly whatever strengths he has and strive to use them well. If he does this, he will never find himself lacking."
Marcus Tullius Cicero
Last edited by PTRider; 07-28-2014 at 12:41 PM.