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post #1 of 9 Old 09-02-2016, 09:07 AM Thread Starter
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Vespa to V-Strom?

Hello,

Just joined as I see a lot of great information on this forum. I have owned a Vespa GT200 for 8 years. I love riding it but I also want to experience a motorcycle. Some online and dealer research led me to the V-Strom 650. Ideally I would keep the Vespa, but I don't want to maintain 2 bikes. I am 6'5", so leg-room & seating position is critical. I would like to be able to handle the occasional dirt or gravel road, but my primary mileage would be commuting and weekend cruising.

What I would miss about the Vespa - no shifting, better protection from the elements (due to design), flat board to keep feet on, etc. It's very convenient. But it would be nice to have more power for highway commuting, and I like the style/appearance of a motorcycle. I am a little leery of chain maintenance, is it really a big deal?

Any general advice? Anyone move from scooter to motorcycle and regret it? How many of you use this to ride to work? I know this is a personal decision so just looking for feedback. Thank you!
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The Strom will provide the flexibility to basically go anywhere and do anything.
The bike is tall and you will have an excellent field of view.
The mileage won't be quite the same, but still quite respectable.
And as along as the chain and sprockets are in good condition, lubricate regularly and no sweat.
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Test drive one and see how it fits you.
I am 6'2" and have added bar risers and/or ATV high rise handle bars to all my bike in order to stand on the pegs for off road riding.
Rox riser for the Wee will allow you to not only get the height for standing, but will allow the bars to be pushed forward.

I have only owned bikes with chains and it is not and issue to keep them clean and lubed. In the old days non O ring chains had to be adjust quite often.
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I often ride my wee to work. Based on some of your comments, you may want to consider the Honda NC700X with DCT. No shifting unless you want to with buttons on the handlebar, great mileage, good commuter, can handle the occasional unpaved road. I rode one (non-DCT) when considering the strom and it was a great bike to ride, confidence inspiring for sure.

Being that you are 6-5, there are not many bikes that will be comfortable for you without some mods. Raise the seat, lower the pegs. (note BMW motorcycles are generally designed for taller riders and much more expensive)

I rode some bikes before buying the wee, I wrote about it here. There are several comparable bike reviews starting on page six.

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Last year after 5 years, I switched from a Vespa GTS 300 to the 650 VStrom. I am 6'1" so not as tall as you. I find the VStrom is much more comfortable on longer rides than the Vespa. I did put bar risers on it and that helped a lot with comfort. Mileage wise the Vespa is better. The handling between the two are obviously quite different. I have found that the Vstrom feels slower than the Vespa, mostly I think its the weight and size that cause that. I loved my Vespa, it is the perfect bike for the city in my opinion. Being quick, nimble and no clutch made getting around traffic a breeze. However I wanted something that I could travel further on that was more stable and had more power at higher speeds. I chose the Vstrom after much research. It is a great bike and I have no regrets. I would have loved to keep the Vespa but financially it was not possible.
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Thanks, great input so far. Coracle, sounds like you went through the same decision points that I am contemplating. I also think it would be fun to ride a motorcycle, I can always get another scooter down the road.
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Hello,

Just joined as I see a lot of great information on this forum. I have owned a Vespa GT200 for 8 years. I love riding it but I also want to experience a motorcycle. Some online and dealer research led me to the V-Strom 650. Ideally I would keep the Vespa, but I don't want to maintain 2 bikes. I am 6'5", so leg-room & seating position is critical. I would like to be able to handle the occasional dirt or gravel road, but my primary mileage would be commuting and weekend cruising.

What I would miss about the Vespa - no shifting, better protection from the elements (due to design), flat board to keep feet on, etc. It's very convenient. But it would be nice to have more power for highway commuting, and I like the style/appearance of a motorcycle. I am a little leery of chain maintenance, is it really a big deal?

Any general advice? Anyone move from scooter to motorcycle and regret it? How many of you use this to ride to work? I know this is a personal decision so just looking for feedback. Thank you!
I rode bikes from when I was 15, then 7 years ago went to a scooter - MP3 500 - which was fully capable of touring. I ride my bike 24/7 as a daily commuter and weekend back road rider.
I went to the Glee when the roads literally started taking the scooter apart. The Dl650 handles these crap roads with grace and aplomb.
I get as good mileage with full luggage as I ever did on the best days of my scooter. The MP3 required an expensive belt change every 6000 miles - the chain lube/care is easy peasey and certainly cheaper than that damned belt!
I will say you will need to be uber cautious about the clutch - since that is a brake on a scooter it's far too easy to let go at a stop in gear and lurch forward - whether you fall is entirely dependent on your reflexes. Shifting is either a pure joy or a curse depending on whether you prefer a shifter or auto tranny. I like the control and involvement in shifting and the benefits of engine braking cannot be over stated - just be cautious when on wet roads. Speaking of which - weather handling will need to be relearned to some extent but it will seem second nature in no time.
For some reason the Strom seems to be far far better at cornering than the MP3 ever was (even though it had a 40 degree lean angle).
You are correct in being more exposed - not only to the elements, but also to engine heat which hits me in the calves. Not a big deal and even a bonus in the cold as you have instant non-contact hand warmer. Plus you can get or it comes equipped with the hand guards which block wind.
Do I regret it? Hell no! This bike is pretty dang awesome - I did a lot of homework before settling on it. One factor was teh legendary sturdiness. There are folks with over 200K on these things and they've been all over the planet. I personally would keep the Vespa simply for its fun value. Plus I dunno about where you live but here we have a vibrant scooter club with some truly terrific fun people.
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The Vstrom will suit your height well, handle rough pavement like a dream and get long miles from a tank.

Your only viable alternative is a Burgman 650



Brilliant bike ...better lights and brakes than the Wee - not as good suspension much better weather coverage and the best automatic in the business. Hondas DCT is junk by comparison to the Burgman 650 ECVT. It's a luxury bike , heated grips, power windscreen, shaft drive- - superb storage. You'll need to mod the seat a bit for your height.
For a commuter./tourer/canyon runner its hard to beat and I miss mine.

http://www.onewheeldrive.net/2006/10...uzuki-burgman/

High praise for 650 Burgman - Suzuki Burgman Forum

The Wee is lighter, faster, greater top end and excellent suspension and will fit you better. Can be farkled in many ways an you wouldn't take the Burgman to Alaska.
The Wee with K60s is very stable on dirt and and gravel and the suspension eats up road irregularities plus get 300 miles + on a fill up ...the Burgman half that.

The Burgman goes through rear tires way too fast as well. Both are good machines and there is some cross owership.

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Suzuki Burgman Forum

( The Honda 700CTX is horrid - going that way - a Honda CB500x is a brilliant machine but I'd get the Wee for your height )
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I don't have an issue with gear changing infact, I like it. However, if I had to commute in stop/start traffic I might have other thoughts.
I love my 2012 VStrom 650 as a very capable all roads tourer with it's capacity for munching the miles on cross country tours.
But what about the Honda Africa Twin (after you change out the dinky foot pegs). It has a good DTC no clutch auto-gearing model.
The only downsides (other than extra money and weight for the DTC), is that you can't 'feather' the clutch in low speed riding.

The chain lubricating thing is a definite issue and with the modern chains apparently it's the O or X rings that need to be lubricated to stop them drying out (I recently learnt the hard way). So a thorough spraying of the inside surface of the chain about every tankful will probably be the consensus. Some will lube it every ride I learnt that lubing every third or so tankfuls is not enough to stop the X rings coming apart.
A centre stand would be the easiest thing to help with the regular lubing but there are other options.

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