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post #1 of 14 Old 08-30-2017, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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V-curious, love the section name :o) Is the Vstrom 650 the answer for my wife?

Hopefully some members have been in a similar situation and can help, please bear with the lil intro has to how I ended up here asking for advice.

My wife used to race, 14 years ago, on a ZX6RR. She was always ahead of the pack with the hot shoes doing the twisties, no chicken strips on that rear tire. Eventually had other priorities(work + part time university) and did not ride street for 10 years.

This summer, the bug picked up again and wanting something "smoother" and more street oriented, she picked up a nice GSX-S750 Naked for herself and I grabbed a FJ-09(love the damn thing).

She absolutely love riding again but her bike decision It did not go so well for her. From her own admission, she is riding slower now, enjoying more the scenery, want more comfort and cares a lot less about the power output and more about enjoying a relaxing pace. Shes looking at me riding my FJ-09, all relax, not bouncing around, good wind protection, sitting upright, my back is still good after riding back roads with uneven pavement, she sees that I picked a better bike for the type of riding we do now... but I'm not allowed to tell her "I told you so", any married men knows why. Most of our riding groups now are on cruisers or FJR/ST/GS and the likes...

After looking at the light Sport-tourers and Adventure bikes in the 650-800cc range, she liked the looks of the Vstrom or the Versys(both 2017). She's read a couple reviews(so did I) and they all seem to agree that the Versys is much sportier than the Vstrom. Since insists she wants something mellower, plushier down the bumpy Quebec and Ontario back roads, she's leaning heavily toward the VStrom for what I think are all the right reasons. Happy wife, happy life they say.

Anyone did anything similar in their bike ownership over the years? Any advice you'd offer? Sadly, all the demo rides are done up here and not many dealers even offer them to begin with so trying them is sort of out of the question for now. I'm not even sure there was 650 stroms in the Suzuki Demo rides up here too.

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post #2 of 14 Old 08-30-2017, 03:26 PM
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See if you can find a used one that the dealer let's you test ride.

Rider magazine just did a comparison of the Dl650 vs the Kawasaki and the DL650 came out on top.

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30 inseam, 5'10, 140lbs.

Sat her on a Strom tonight, her first reaction was "whoa, this is big and long", I was grinning like a moron until she realized what she just said. Jokes aside, She did not realise "Adventure style" bikes were so big. She's used to pocket rockets and her naked. She was not convinced at first sight but she knows she'll have to accept a different style of bike for what she wants to do now.

I'm trying to find a Versys locally, may end up going to a Dealer near Montreal that has Suzuki and Kawa in the showroom to compare sitting on them at least... it's better than nothing at all since demo rides/used one are scarce.

Will look into rider magazine also, thanks.
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I ride the 04 Wee with the 30" inseam and I have an Air Hawk pad on the seat too.
Your wife sounds experienced enough to be able to ride anything she likes.
I knew of one gal that was like 4'10" and rode BMW's she had her stops worked out to allow for the lack of leg length. It was all in the practice.
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Your wife sounds experienced enough to be able to ride anything she likes.
That's actually part of the problem, she could ride anything and I dont need to worry about her but she wants to downsize and take it easier now. She sat on 3/4 of the bikes at the dealership earlier asking me about them one by one... She is definitely more touring than sport now. There is so much choice out there.

It's a good time to be a rider, lots of options out there for all taste.
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It may feel bigger when she is just sitting on it but she definitely needs to take it for a ride first before she makes up her mind on anything. My 1000 looked and felt like a tank when i first sat on it as I was used to sports bikes both naked and full fairings (last one was a Tuono). But once you take off and actually ride the thing it is totally different to the perception you get first sitting on Strom.
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I'm 145, 5'10", about 32" inseam. The V-Strom 650 fits perfectly. Most would agree it's top heavy but you don't feel that when you are riding. Exception: When I start getting tired, I start to feel that weight up high when stopping.

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Have you looked at a Ninja 650? I used to have one years ago. Pretty upright, decent wind protection and much smaller, lower and lighter than the V-Strom. Not that I am trying to steer you away from a V-Strom ....

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post #10 of 14 Old 09-01-2017, 12:51 PM
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A friend of mine (29-30" inseam) got 2017 Kawasaki Versys 650. He tried both bikes and said Versys fits him a bit better although the seat is 5mm higher than strom's (840mm vs. 835mm).

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