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post #1 of 28 Old 03-08-2009, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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First Bike - Looking At a Strom!

Hey Everyone,

Very helpful site for a prospective strom owner. I wanted to pick your brain about buying a strom as my first bike. I have looked over the forums and a lot of you have indicated that both the 650 and the 1000 might be too much to handle for a first time rider. I definitely respect the opinions of long-time riders so I was hoping that you might be able to comment on my situation.

I am 6'4" for starters, so I have been sitting on a lot of different bikes and have had difficulty finding one that fits. I have completed the MSF course. I am not interested at all in the forward riding position of the sports bikes. I am looking for a bike that will take me long distances comfortably. I am 25, but am not looking at getting a bike to open the throttle up and go fast! I am simply looking for something that will be comfortable and affordable.

A few months ago, I sat on a 2004 V-Strom DL1000 and thought that I had found the perfect bike. It is the first bike that I had sat on that I felt very comfortable on. The bike is still for sale, it has 27k on it and is going for $5599. I have a few questions for those of you who are experienced riders:

1. Is this a good deal for this bike?
2. Should I even be considering a vstrom 1000? When sitting on it, I felt extremely comfortable, much more so than on any 500 or 750 that I have tried out so far.

My fear is that if I go with a smaller bike as you suggest on some other beginners threads, I will end up being uncomfortable and not going on some longer trips as I had originally planned. Any advice is welcomed!
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post #2 of 28 Old 03-08-2009, 08:54 PM
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We of the long inseam have fewer choices than most when it comes to picking out a comfortable ride. At 6'4", you will likely find the Stroms to be comfortable. You may need a taller shield or may want a taller saddle if you are long in the torso or legs, respectively. I am 6'2", 34" inseam, but 38" sleeves (long torso), and find the 650 to fit fairly well. I am in the market for a new saddle, but that has more to do with how my bum feels after 300 miles than any ergonomic issue.

I have been riding for 34 years this year. I owned a 750 sport bike and a FJR 1300 Sport Tourer when I bought my Wee Strom. I ride the Wee the most. I still have the others (I hate selling bikes), but the Wee is the best, all-around bike. You will find the 650 to be plenty of bike for you as long as you are not into drag racing. A friend had a 1000, and his complaints about the fuel injection calibration swayed me to the 650. I paid $5800 out-the-door for my brand new 2006 in April of 2007. The one-liters are more pricey, and I won't offer any suggestion on if the one you are looking at is a good deal or not. Too many variables like condition, region, accessories, etc.

I heartily recommend the 650 Strom as a first bike. Good luck!

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post #3 of 28 Old 03-08-2009, 10:08 PM
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As an MSF instructor, but not, of course, speaking in any way for the MSF or any other entity, I wouldn't be afraid to recommend the DL650 for a first-time bike for a really tall rider. I wouldn't recommend the DL1000 though.

I'd recommend getting the cheapest used one you can find and putting some crash bars on it, because you will have drops and other mishaps the first couple years, especially low or zero-speed parking lot drops. The Vstrom is a pretty tall bike with a high center of gravity and a relatively long wheel-base, thus has more difficult low-speed handling characteristics than many, if not most street bikes. When you get it, first thing you should do is get out in a parking lot and practice those low-speed turns, remembering the skills you learned in the U-turn box in the BRC course.

Main thing is though, to keep yourself out of trouble, remember what you learned in the BRC; keep your scan way out ahead, don't ride over your own capabilities, and keep using the SEE techniques you learned in class. Oh, and get yourself some good safety gear up front.

You'll do fine. Good luck to you on your riding future!

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If this is your first bike you may find the 1000 a handful. It may fit you better, but it may be more than you'll be able to handle. The 650 is a tamer beast and if you wish you can put a 1000 seat on it to give you a little more leg room. Whatever Vstrom you choose will prove to be a reliable ride.


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post #5 of 28 Old 03-08-2009, 11:04 PM
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A couple of very experienced riders thought the V-Strom 650 would be a perfect first bike for me. On their recommendation, I bought the oldest cheapest one I could find and I'm loving it.

I think you'll be very happy with it.
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post #6 of 28 Old 03-09-2009, 02:21 AM
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My current ride, a DL1000 I bought from a guy at work who thought it would make a good first bike. It didn't. Too big and top heavy, even for a guy who is 6'2", without the sidebags too. Although I'm sure the MSF course helps a lot, he didn't take it despite my telling him that he should.
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post #7 of 28 Old 03-09-2009, 03:12 AM
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I've seen guys buy full-dress Harleys and Goldwings as their first bike--it all depends on the rider and his natural abilities. My brother bought a '08 KLR650 for his first bike last year, and he had a learning curve that went straight up. He says he's hankering for a bit more punch on the pavement, and I have suggested the DL1000, but he is about to pull the trigger on a used Honda VFR800. I bet he'll do well whatever he rides--he's a thoughtful, careful guy by nature, and I've been coaching him on avoiding the common mistakes new riders make. So far, so good.
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post #8 of 28 Old 03-09-2009, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the information everyone! After thinking about it for a while, I have decided that I should probably be looking for a wee! It will most likely be a bit more in my price range and will be more forgiving for a noob!

Now the problem comes with finding a used wee as it seems that people love them so much they don't want to get rid of them!

Anyone have any ideas of where I might look in Connecticut for a used Wee?

I am hoping to find one that is under 5k.

Also, are there any other thoughts on a less expensive first bike?
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post #9 of 28 Old 03-09-2009, 01:55 PM
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Originally Posted by tideman View Post
Thanks for all the information everyone! After thinking about it for a while, I have decided that I should probably be looking for a wee! It will most likely be a bit more in my price range and will be more forgiving for a noob!

Also, are there any other thoughts on a less expensive first bike?
Good choice on the 1k, a newbie on a 1000 cc bike (unless it is one of those grossly underpowered and overweight cruisers) is a bad idea.

For one of the least expensive bike and yet large enough bikes for you to learn on would be a klr 650. The other 650 dual sports are also options but are not as comfortable on the highway (650xl, dr650) or quite a bit more expensive (ktm, bmw). And of course you have the wee as you stated before.


So what is it, am I a smart*** or a dumb***? Maybe I'm just an ***hole.
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post #10 of 28 Old 03-09-2009, 04:27 PM
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Wink 650 or 1000

dont let the stories about droping the bike scare you . go to a riding cource , get the 1000 . its the same bike . with more power . dont end up like me 1 year later . less than a year . moving up to the 1000 unless you can afford it . get the big dawg . these are not race bikes or over poweredfor some reason these bikes are getting harder to find so i guess resale is going up . dealers around here are not carrying them. i heard suzuki cut production by 50%. stroms dont seem to be too popular around sw nh.last year used 04 dl 1000 . 6500 miles was selling for $6700 650 same miles $4500.00 do more shoping. kawi 650

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