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post #1 of 26 Old 10-07-2017, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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Input Needed on Possible V-Strom Purchase

I have an FJR1300. It is absolutely, in my opinion, an astounding motorcycle. I am, however, considering replacing it with a V-Strom 650. Most of my riding is commuting around town with a 500 mile round trip about twice a year. I can only own one at a time; so, after all of the years of gaining interest in V-Stroms, I "may" take the plunge. I have two questions.

1) Other than the normal things for which one looks when buying a used motorcycle, are there any "V-Strom specific" things for which I should look?

2) Unfortunately, being in Montana, these don't abound. Further unfortunately, the two I'm considering are both at dealers. Rats! Having said that, here are the two I am considering. For the money they are asking, which would you choose and why?

Bike 1) (This bike has no cases/bags)
2014 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS
$4,995 Sale Price, was $5995
Miles:6,600
Color:Pearl Bracing White

Bike 2) This bike does have the Adventure cases
2014 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Adventure
Price $6,995
Miles:2,019
Color:Metallic Thunder Gray

Input on both questions would be greatly appreciated. Both of these dealers are out of town and I will be traveling for military reasons this week and should be looking at and driving both on Friday.
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I'm probably not qualified to give you advice on which of the two bikes to purchase, as I'm a brand new V-Strom owner myself. All I can really offer on that front is that having the cases included is not nothing. I'm shopping for cases for my new '17 XT, and I'm finding the cost to be kind of staggering.

The real reason I wanted to chime in is that I formerly rode a Honda ST1300, which is somewhat similar to the FJR. Objectively, I think the FJR is a better bike than the ST. Lighter, faster, and just generally more refined. But the ST is similar enough to be able to speak to difference between a full-on sport tourer and the V-Strom.

I just got the V-Strom a week ago, and I'm blown away. I love it. It's light, nimble, plenty fast enough for me, and just a joy to ride. I wish I'd have bought one years ago.

So, all of this is simply to say...if you're on the fence about buying one (either one), I'd say go for it.

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They both look like good choices, for me the bags would seal the deal. I ride with mine on every day. It just makes it so much easier to pick up things and go. Really nice never having to ride with a backpack on ever. I still carry the back pack, but it goes in the Givi top box. I have a spare helmet in one of the side bags and room for a run to the store is always handy.

Mine is a 2005, so I won't be much use on the things to look for, but the engines seem to be really tough and the bikes run. I suspect the new ones are much more refined rides then my old beast.

I am enjoying it any way.

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did you check here, cycletrader?

are you in a hurry?

here is a cross section:
https://www.stromtrooper.com/sale/389...924-miles.html
https://www.stromtrooper.com/sale/378...l650-sale.html
https://www.stromtrooper.com/sale/386...-650-sale.html
https://www.stromtrooper.com/sale/382...-dl650-xt.html
https://www.stromtrooper.com/sale/383...650-va-tn.html

The mileage of both bikes don't matter since its so low. The one with the cases is too expensive unless it has a lot of other really useful improvements. Too expensive. You can buy a new leftover 2014 DL1000 for that price.

The other one is in the ballpark, as compared to the ones offered here. Since you ride mostly local you are not in urgent need for cases. Watch here for a set of used racks and cases. Or do like I did, get quick release racks (watch here for SW Motech or GIVI) and bolt a pair of 1550 pelicans to them (used or knock off versions of the same). You can use those for your trips. And add a large GIVI box to the back that is always on, your trunk for local riding. That will cost you maybe 1k or less if you find some good used deals. That leaves you 1k to make it a fantastic mount after upgrading the suspension, front brakes, windscreen (Givi Airflow and those little winglets are what works well), seat possibly ... you will get lots of ideas here.

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Bike with bags......no brainer IMHO, I am sure it likely also has other add ons as well over the other.
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Based on your description of your typical riding habits, I'd probably get the stripped one. You can get a lot of accessories for two grand, and spending less up front allows you to spend less overall as you get the accessories you need. If your longest rides are two overnights in a year, I question if you need expensive panniers or panniers at all. Unless you are going 250 miles away and camping for several days. Even so, hard side panniers can be found for $500 or less. Still have $1,500 to go!

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Had more sport fours than anything in over 50 years of riding.Main means of travel since 1973 and sometimes go weeks with out being in a car/truck. My little 011 DL650 is the best do anything bike I ever owned of over 30. Not good looking at all but cute to me all dirty in a pack mule kind of way. My big boxes are used often and hold so much. Wish I had owned this bike back when going 96 miles round trip to work at IBM machine floor for 27 years. Go to red line and they have so much more power than you would dream. If you have a 32 or more inseam flat foot is easy and lots lower them that are on the short side.My old coot bunch that take one long trip a year and lots of two or more day/camp nights have more V-stroms in the stable than any.We all have at least two bikes and even the BMW owners use the strom as the long trip bike.Most all of us have been to Alaska at least once on them.They are that good.Have fun and let us know/see the one you pick.
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Based on your description of your typical riding habits, I'd probably get the stripped one. You can get a lot of accessories for two grand, and spending less up front allows you to spend less overall as you get the accessories you need. If your longest rides are two overnights in a year, I question if you need expensive panniers or panniers at all. Unless you are going 250 miles away and camping for several days. Even so, hard side panniers can be found for $500 or less. Still have $1,500 to go!
+1. You are absolutely right.
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Based on your description of your typical riding habits, I'd probably get the stripped one. You can get a lot of accessories for two grand, and spending less up front allows you to spend less overall as you get the accessories you need. If your longest rides are two overnights in a year, I question if you need expensive panniers or panniers at all. Unless you are going 250 miles away and camping for several days. Even so, hard side panniers can be found for $500 or less. Still have $1,500 to go!
+2. I am with John and Rick.
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