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post #1 of 22 Old 10-31-2008, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
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smooth transition from a cruiser?

I've been interested in the 650 for over a year without actually sitting on one or getting a good look. I ride an 86 Shadow 1100 that I've had for 20 seasons now. Still a great bike but I need a change sometime. I'm wondering if the riding position will not be laid back enough. I'm used to long rides with my feet primarily out in front of me and a nice lazy slouch. I know you can put highway pegs on, but does that recapture the feel at all? Just wondering. Al
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No highway pegs... However, V Strom pegs are located under your hips. Easy to reposition your butt, or even rise up out of your seat to allow more the blood to flow. I had cruiser-style bike before the DL 650. I find the V-strom, even with stock seat (you'll read a lot of complaints about the DL 650 stock seat) to be more comfortable than the cruiser style position.

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Comfort is a very subjective thing so I'd take whatever I heard here (or anywhere else) with a grain of salt. I've owned one cruiser, an HD Super-Glide, and it really doesn't compare to your bike because the pegs were mid-mount. That said, HD mid-mount pegs are still well forward of where the pegs mount on most bikes.

I rode the bike a lot, 54,000 miles in 23 months, and it was ok but I found this:

Back comfort. That slouch will eventually bulge disks in your lower back because your back is designed to curve in, not out. I know, I know......"doesn't hurt my back to slouch". Not yet it doesn't.

Butt comfort. Without being able to weight the pegs and relieve pressure now and again can make 150 mile + stretches a pain, literally. Not so important on the HD because that was it's range. The DL can go 200 miles a pop, easy. I have always been a firm believer that the seat and postion should be comfortable enough to ride to reserve, tank after tank.

Control. You just can't believe what having the pegs underneath you can do for control. Imagine trying to ride a bicycle over unstable terrain and having your feet out in front of you as opposed to being able to stand/or weight the pedals more than the seat 2-3 feet above it.

I've owned and ridden motorcycles continuously for 38 years. Of them all, and I've had some nice ones, the DL650 is clearly the best. But like I said before, that really doesn't mean anything because it's what I think, not what you think.

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I've been interested in the 650 for over a year without actually sitting on one or getting a good look. I ride an 86 Shadow 1100 that I've had for 20 seasons now. Still a great bike but I need a change sometime. I'm wondering if the riding position will not be laid back enough. I'm used to long rides with my feet primarily out in front of me and a nice lazy slouch. I know you can put highway pegs on, but does that recapture the feel at all? Just wondering. Al
i had cruiser before v-strom. strom ergo's work ok for me. i dont miss the laid back ergo's at all. not even the hi-way pegs.
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Control. You just can't believe what having the pegs underneath you can do for control. Imagine trying to ride a bicycle over unstable terrain and having your feet out in front of you as opposed to being able to stand/or weight the pedals more than the seat 2-3 feet above it.
I started out on dirtbikes and on a cruiser I feel like I'm trying to steer with my ass.

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I spent a lot of time ( and money ) setting up my Vulcan 1500 for touring. ( drivers backrest is a must ) 600 mile days were no problem and amazed some of the Gold Wing riders I was with. Kept the Vulcan for 46,000 miles.

What lead me to change to an upright riding position tourer was a driver that crossed over a double yellow coming toward me. I avoided a collision but as mentioned in other replies, I didn't have as much control and steering ability as I feel I wanted.

Both types of bikes can be made to be very comfortable for long rides but I do feel safer on the DL as I'm able to react much quicker. The ability to stand up on the pegs to stretch a little is a big plus as well. Spend the bucks on a good seat ( Russell was my choice ) and you'll be good to go.

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Thanks for the input everyone. There is a dealer near here that has a new black and silver 08 650 for under $6300 Canadian. If it wasn't for my wife demanding a new kitchen in the spring I think I'd be very tempted. Maybe next year...
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If it wasn't for my wife demanding a new kitchen in the spring I think I'd be very tempted. Maybe next year...
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I believe that the European Strom's have a full kitchen option available.
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