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post #1 of 7 Old 09-19-2015, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking about a V-Strom

Hey All,
I am thinking about getting a V-Strom. I currently have a 2000 BMW K1200LT and a 1997 KLR 650. I love both of these bikes, but I need both to do what I like, neither will do everything I want.
I like to ride to work, about 65 miles round trip, take long trips to Oregon, about 4-600 miles, and ride FS roads, fire roads, and mild off road stuff.
My KLR is more capable than I really need, and my BMW is more touring bike than I really need.
My wife rarely ever goes with me and so the BMW is a bit more than I need, and it will not go off road, way too heavy and just not meant to go there.
My KLR just sucks on any long road rides, but does great on the FS roads and fire roads.
So, this leads me to looking at the V-Strom, it seems to do all I want to do, road and off road in the style and kind of riding I want to do.
With that said, I really like the new 650XT. I like the wire wheels, but wonder if I really need them, or would the cast do for what I want? Also, I like the panniers on the XT, but know I can find just as good or better aftermarket, and may lean towards soft bags or Pelicans.
So, is it worth buying the XT, or should I just save money and get the base model with ABS?
Also, what about the used ones? Any reason I should buy new over used? XT is new only right now, but I see great older ones for nice prices with low miles.
Any advice would be great, thanks.
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Nothing at all wrong with a used strom. Find one that has been well taken care of, and it'll be great. The '12 and later have significant upgrades over the earlier model. The '14+ 1000 is the best of the bunch.

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... The '12 and later [Wees] have significant upgrades over the earlier model. The '14+ 1000 is the best of the bunch.
I think you've made this comment a few times. I've recently sold my '07 Wee and am considering a new Strom, but don't know whether to go new Wee or new Vee.

Romney has '14 Wees (new) for $6450. Colors I like. Price makes it even more tempting.

Romney has '14 Vees (new) for $8750. Khaki - not my favorite color but would do.

I have about 25K miles of seat time on my "old" '07 Wee, so I feel that in general I know these bikes (but I've never ridden any other Strom).

You've probably done this before, but can you help me decide which is likely best for me? Price difference is always meaningful to me but not a really big deal considering the number of years I'll likely own whichever bike I choose. I'm 6'4" and 230 pounds. 55 YO and (now, after a few years of fairly serious physical activity) quite fit and strong for my age.

I know Vee power is greater. I've read Vee suspension is better. I don't currently place much value on traction control (maybe I should). ABS either way. I prefer the look of the Wee (don't care for the low-hanging muffler on the Vee), but the Vee looks fine. (Vee looks better with bags and I'd probably install some just to improve appearance (to me)).

I pretty much understand the range and MPG stories. Bike is used mainly for commuter duty (20 miles per day over a mountain) but gets some weekend use. Mostly 1-up. I guess I know this is a personal decision but I'd appreciate any comments you (or others) would like to make, and thanks for taking the time.


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Hey All,
I am thinking about getting a V-Strom. I currently have a 2000 BMW K1200LT and a 1997 KLR 650...Any advice would be great, thanks.
I'm 55 YO and began riding again, mostly street, about 4 years ago after 25 years of essentially no riding of any type. Started back with a DR350 and it was great for fields, trails and forest roads but underpowered and "unrefined" for pavement use.

So I sold the DR and fortunately found Stroms. After putting 25K miles on my '07 Wee I sold it very recently and am looking only at new Stroms. I simply can't find anything else I like better, when I consider everything.

My '07 Wee was my favorite material thing (and I have my share), and it was very faithful. Very minor and simple maintenance needs. A no-brainer for me to go back to them. My struggle is deciding new-generation Wee or new-generation Vee. (Please see post above).

I have a friend who likes to go racing down forest trails. If you're into that then I don't think you need a Strom. But if you ride "sensibly" on gravel / rougher roads and trails, and if you're tall and strong enough to handle a Strom, I think you'd be happy with one. I used mine in this way (riding quite a few miles (hundreds, I guess) of forest roads with no issues (no skid plate either...)). Mine had cast aluminum wheels. No problems. Might not look quite as good but bulletproof for the type of riding / use I put them through.

Good luck whichever you choose. Please let us know what you decide. Thanks.

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For me the size is not an issue. I am 6'0" and 195, 45 years old. I may not be 19 anymore, but still in fair shape, 14 years in the Air Force.
I really like my KLR, but I sat on a Glee and a Vee and liked them both. The XT was nice, but if I don't need the wire wheels for what I want to do the 1000 would maybe work.
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I had KLRs for years but under 2 hours riding was tops for me. That seat is a killer. I traded for a vstrom 3 years ago and never looked back. I started serious touring and I find it to be more than adequate for long distance and commuting. I guess I lucked out and don't feel the need to change the suspension, seat or windscreen. The days of trail or single tracks are over for me although I ride plenty of gravel and forest access roads. I'm 5'10" 175lbs.

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I think you've made this comment a few times. I've recently sold my '07 Wee and am considering a new Strom, but don't know whether to go new Wee or new Vee.

Romney has '14 Wees (new) for $6450. Colors I like. Price makes it even more tempting.

Romney has '14 Vees (new) for $8750. Khaki - not my favorite color but would do.

I have about 25K miles of seat time on my "old" '07 Wee, so I feel that in general I know these bikes (but I've never ridden any other Strom).

You've probably done this before, but can you help me decide which is likely best for me? Price difference is always meaningful to me but not a really big deal considering the number of years I'll likely own whichever bike I choose. I'm 6'4" and 230 pounds. 55 YO and (now, after a few years of fairly serious physical activity) quite fit and strong for my age.

I know Vee power is greater. I've read Vee suspension is better. I don't currently place much value on traction control (maybe I should). ABS either way. I prefer the look of the Wee (don't care for the low-hanging muffler on the Vee), but the Vee looks fine. (Vee looks better with bags and I'd probably install some just to improve appearance (to me)).

I pretty much understand the range and MPG stories. Bike is used mainly for commuter duty (20 miles per day over a mountain) but gets some weekend use. Mostly 1-up. I guess I know this is a personal decision but I'd appreciate any comments you (or others) would like to make, and thanks for taking the time.


Me, if the extra $2300 wasn't an issue I'd go for the new V.

The new 650 is not going to be significantly better than your old 650. Suspension and brakes haven't been improved much (ABS yes). The motor is tuned for a bit more midrange. Outside of the plastics that's about it.

The new V is a next generation bike as far as suspension and brakes. That alone is worth the $2300 to me.

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