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post #1 of 21 Old 04-24-2015, 01:03 PM Thread Starter
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Hello all.
I'm a long time rider and currently ride cruiser bikes.
The Bandit 1250 & the 1000 V Strom are on my radar.
BOTH bikes are too tall for my 27" inseam.
I know you can lower them but I want to have a comfortable ride & retain the center stand.
Maintenance is a concern so I am wondering if the V Strom is easier to valve adjust,oil change,etc.
Looking around,the Strom seems to be cheaper used than the Bandit.
The Bandit seems to be faster and has way more farkles for the motor.
The Strom seems to have more touring gear available and has a larger gas tank.
On my other bikes I have gone darkside but they are big.heavy,long cruisers.
I don't know if DS is cool on a Strom.
I see there is much love for the Wee Strom BUT I like to have BIG power & use it.
My current bikes get around 40 mpg at 60 - 70 mph.
I believe that the 1000 Strom is about the same.
When was the last redesign of the 1000 ?
Idea's and/or insight ?

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post #2 of 21 Old 04-24-2015, 03:24 PM
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It's to tall for you IMO

You can lower it to a maximum of 1.25"

the 1000cc valve adjust isn't to bad.

oil changes are as easy as you could be with no fairings in the way.

A few people have done darkside with no issues.

My 2014 V-strom 1000 got 48mpg when I filled it up today, that was taking it pretty easy though just commuting to work.

Last redesign was in 2014, the 2015 is the same bike.

I don't think it's the right bike for most people with a 27" inseam.

If you are dead set on it though, lowering links, dropping forks, aftermarket low seat, etc MIGHT make it half decent.

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too tall

I've short 29" legs and just get by.
My Vee isn't lowered and I don't have a skid plate but probably should; my exhaust pipe and engine case and oil plug would prove it. INMO if you lower it then the bike will get bashed too often so I don't recommend lowering.

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I've got 29" inseam and even with an Air Hawk on the seat, it's fine. That's a regular height I think. The shock has the links with 5 1/2 length from center to center.
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I've short 29" legs and just get by.
My Vee isn't lowered and I don't have a skid plate but probably should; my exhaust pipe and engine case and oil plug would prove it. INMO if you lower it then the bike will get bashed too often so I don't recommend lowering.
I'll NEVER take it off road.
If I lowered it would I still have the full suspension travel,nice ride ?
What would be the first thing to scrape in the corners ?
My big cruisers scrape easily so maybe a lowered Strom would not scrape easily ?

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Which bike has more engine braking,Bandit or Strom ?
They're both very quiet,I'm sure,but which one has the more soul stirring sound ?

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I'll NEVER take it off road.
If I lowered it would I still have the full suspension travel,nice ride ?
What would be the first thing to scrape in the corners ?
My big cruisers scrape easily so maybe a lowered Strom would not scrape easily ?

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It is not about scraping, it is about clearance for the rear tire not rubbing the fender well/seat pan. And yes when you lower it messes up the side stand height and the center stand height. Lowering a V-Strom is like raising a sport bike, just not designed or intended for such. You are too short for a V-Strom IMHO, consider getting the Bandit. I had a 2003 Bandit 1200 and they are great machines, tons of torque and a very smooth engine.

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"which one has the more soul stirring sound ?"

Not to be rude but with ear plugs I can't really hear the exhaust. I use the plugs to help diminish long term hearing loss. All the bikes sound the same when you are deaf.
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it is about clearance for the rear tire not rubbing the fender well/seat pan.
fender damage from lowering a Vee





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post #10 of 21 Old 04-27-2015, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Stinks

Well that stinks that all the cool adventure bikes are only made for tall people.
I like to have an adventure now & then.
They make it so that the only bikes that fit me are cruisers.
Sorry to hear this.

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