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post #1 of 33 Old 11-05-2017, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
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Would like to know if a V-Strom 650 would be for me.

I currently have a 2014 KLR 650 and while I love it's simplicity and reliability, I ended up doing more touring and highway riding than offroading (read: none) and realized that I could use a different bike. Even with proper modifications the KLR is pretty rough for actual highway touring. I have been browsing used bikes for a few months and the V Strom 650 seems to be an affordable solution. How is this bike for a 300+ mile trip at 65-75mph? What would you guess the RPMs are at these speeds? Does the engine feel strained after a few hours of highway cruising? I don't need something as powerful or agile as a sport bike just something to comfortably cruise on. I love my KLR but for what I do with it I feel like I'm leading it to an early grave. Thanks.
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Lots of riders, myself included, moved on from a KLR to the 650 strom.

Highway travel is great, comparatively. I've done quite a few 500+ mile days on mine. Revs from 65-75 will be anywhere from 5000 to 6000, and the engine will cope just fine.

The Strom's handling is one of its strong points. It hands-down beats the KLR on twisty roads and is a lot more fun while delivering the same fuel efficiency, and longer wearing with a stronger engine.

The strom should last over 100k miles easily without needing a rebuild, and I find that it's easier and cheaper to maintain. The tires last longer (and are tubeless, thank god), the oil change interval is longer, and you don't need to mess around with a carb.
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Lots of riders, myself included, moved on from a KLR to the 650 strom.

Highway travel is great, comparatively. I've done quite a few 500+ mile days on mine. Revs from 65-75 will be anywhere from 5000 to 6000, and the engine will cope just fine.

The Strom's handling is one of its strong points. It hands-down beats the KLR on twisty roads and is a lot more fun while delivering the same fuel efficiency, and longer wearing with a stronger engine.

The strom should last over 100k miles easily without needing a rebuild, and I find that it's easier and cheaper to maintain. The tires last longer (and are tubeless, thank god), the oil change interval is longer, and you don't need to mess around with a carb.
Alright. I'm looking at a 2009 with 26,000 miles right now with a few farkles and by the pictures it looks to be in great condition. I know the V Strom is more affordable but does this seem low? Like there-is-something-hes-not-saying low?
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I should specify it's $2500. That would he helpful to know.
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Alright. I'm looking at a 2009 with 26,000 miles right now with a few farkles and by the pictures it looks to be in great condition. I know the V Strom is more affordable but does this [$2500] seem low? Like there-is-something-hes-not-saying low?
With this meager description and no clue on the location, I was guessing $2800-$3k if non-ABS model so maybe a bit low. Not necessarily nefarious as some people price to sell especially headed into Winter. Some people (especially coming from sport bikes) think 26K miles is a lot of miles but its not for a V-Strom. On the other hand it might be due for tires, chains and sprockets so ask the seller maybe he'll tell you what it needs.

Edit: Re 300+ mile trips are fine on a V-Strom, might need to get a better seat though. YMMV

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Not many clean ones ever go for less than that. Sounds like good buy. 26K is not much on these bikes(If maintained an stored properly).

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I would definitely go check it out .
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I have both machines and while I can do 500 km days on the KLR in Australia thanks to a Sargent seat it's pretty wearing where I can pull off 900 km days on the Vstrom at speed and in comfort.

You won't regret it - very different machine. Not anywhere near as capable off pavement but sooooo much better for the rest.


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I should specify it's $2500. That would he helpful to know.
It's 8 years old. I paid $3,100 for my '06 when it was 4 years old with just a bit more mileage and some decent farkles. Some sellers just want to move it.

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I paid $2450 for my high mileage 2010 with ABS.

I'd strongly recommend that you find a deal with ABS


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