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post #1 of 15 Old 07-02-2015, 07:11 AM Thread Starter
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how crashable is v-strom 650?

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I am very close to buying v-strom 650 xt but wonder how strong frame is and other parts when bike is dropped etc. I do a lot of off-road and I don't treat bike nice if you know what I mean I'd rather have steel frame not alloy but what to do. If I google bmw gs broken frames a I see a lot of scary pics, how about this bike? looks like stronger, couldn't find any case of broken frame
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I've been haunting V-Strom forums since early 2006 and haven't seen such a problem from an off road drop. Damage to plastics is more like it.

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My wee has been down in the rough stuff several times. Other then a few scratches she has held up remarkably well.

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I had a rather big crash that took out the saddle bags, top box and the headlight assy and mounting bracket. I had scratches on the crash bars. No frame or fork damage is noticeable. I crashed 3-4 years and many thousands of mile ago.
Bike is fine but a bit tattered. Stuff like the torn off foot peg and bent, broken clutch and brake handles are sacrificial. Easily replaced. This was not a low speed fall over. It was a 55 mph run off the road into the ditch kinda excursion.
I hate when that happens.
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I had a rather big crash that took out the saddle bags, top box and the headlight assy and mounting bracket. I had scratches on the crash bars. No frame or fork damage is noticeable. I crashed 3-4 years and many thousands of mile ago.
Bike is fine but a bit tattered. Stuff like the torn off foot peg and bent, broken clutch and brake handles are sacrificial. Easily replaced. This was not a low speed fall over. It was a 55 mph run off the road into the ditch kinda excursion.
I hate when that happens.
thanks, it's encouraging. Was any of the crash related to v-strom handling or just rider error?
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I'm asking because v-strom is relatively long annd tall bie and wonder how nimble it is.
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"Was any of the crash related to v-strom handling or just rider error?"

Inattention by a guy towing a boat, ran me off the road as I tried to pass him. Not my fault, man!
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My 04 has had to run ins with pavement at speed. the big issues Were theplastics and the gear shift. Still was ble to ride it home though(over a 100 miles).
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and wonder how nimble it is.
It's not very nimble off road. On road, it's fine for such a big bike.

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Most of the BMW frame damage you've seen is probably the sub-frames and I wouldn't really call that the bike's fault. A lot of GS owners far overload their bikes with every accessory known to man and hang it off the back of the bike. I'd like to weigh what some of these guys are carrying because I'd bet it would be close to or over 200 lbs of gear. That will tax the subframe on any bike out there over rough country especially when you take rider weight into account in some of these cases.
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